Genedata and Roche Join Forces in Proteomics Process

Basel, Switzerland, February 14, 2008

Genedata, a leading provider of in silico solutions for the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries, today announced an agreement with Roche for the company`s Genedata Expressionist® Refiner MS module.

As integral part of the Genedata Expressionist platform for biomarker discovery, Refiner MS performs automated quality assessment and pre-processing of mass spectrometry based proteomics and metabolomics data. The module handles all MS data formats in a flexible high-throughput process, providing real-time interactive data quality assessment and processing hundreds of chromatograms simultaneously.

This high flexibility/high throughput duality accounts for the value Refiner MS adds to Roche`s biomarker discovery and diagnostic strategy. Dr. Hanno Langen, Section Head Proteomics-Pathways-Functional Genomics in the Roche Molecular Medicine Laboratories in Basel, explains, “Thanks to its open architecture, Refiner MS can be easily positioned in our lab workflows, allowing for optimal integration. The high performance qualities make it a key element in our proteomics process, for which the processing of large datasets is fundamental.”

“We are proud to support Roche in further developing their biomarker discovery operations,” said Dr. Othmar Pfannes, CEO of Genedata AG. “The successful positioning of Refiner MS in such a complex, multifaceted environment validates its excellent suitability for modern proteomics applications.”

About Roche
Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is one of the world’s leading research-focused healthcare groups in the fields of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. As the world’s biggest biotech company and an innovator of products and services for the early detection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, the Group contributes on a broad range of fronts to improving people’s health and quality of life. Roche is the world leader in in-vitro diagnostics and drugs for cancer and transplantation, and is a market leader in virology. It is also active in other major therapeutic areas such as autoimmune diseases, inflammatory and metabolic disorders and diseases of the central nervous system. In 2007 sales by the Pharmaceuticals Division totalled 36.8 billion Swiss francs, and the Diagnostics Division posted sales of 9.3 billion francs. Roche has R&D agreements and strategic alliances with numerous partners, including majority ownership interests in Genentech and Chugai, and invested over 8 billion Swiss francs in R&D in 2007. Worldwide, the Group employs about 79,000 people. Additional information is available on the Internet at

About Genedata
Genedata transforms data into intelligence with a portfolio of advanced software solutions for drug discovery, industrial biotechnology, and life science research. Used by a majority of the world’s top 50 pharmaceutical companies and leading research organizations, Genedata solutions make research data accessible and understandable, enabling scientific discovery that fights disease and improves health and quality of life worldwide. Founded in 1997, Genedata is headquartered in Switzerland, and has offices in Japan, Germany, and the US.

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