Investor Update

Basel, 05 December 2017

TECENTRIQ GO29695 (NCT02431208) and BO29562 (NCT02631577) FDA partial clinical hold lifted

Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY): today announced that following close consultation and agreement on study modifications with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the partial clinical holds placed on the Phase Ib and Phase Ib/II studies evaluating TECENTRIQ in combination with an immunomodulatory medicine (IMiD) in relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma and relapsed/refractory follicular lymphoma have been lifted. The studies will continue in accordance with the protocol amendments agreed upon by the FDA.

The studies had been placed on partial clinical hold as part of an FDA evaluation of all ongoing blood cancer trials, investigating PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors in combination with an IMiD to determine if there was a class-wide (PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitor) concern in multiple myeloma/blood cancers, or a specific concern with certain combinations with IMiDs. The FDA evaluation was prompted by interim data from clinical trials evaluating pembrolizumab in combination with either lenalidomide or pomalidomide in multiple myeloma.

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Founded in 1896, Roche continues to search for better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and make a sustainable contribution to society. The company also aims to improve patient access to medical innovations by working with all relevant stakeholders. Thirty medicines developed by Roche are included in the World Health Organization Model Lists of Essential Medicines, among them life-saving antibiotics, antimalarials and cancer medicines. Roche has been recognised as the Group Leader in sustainability within the Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences Industry nine years in a row by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

The Roche Group, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, is active in over 100 countries and in 2016 employed more than 94,000 people worldwide. In 2016, Roche invested CHF 9.9 billion in R&D and posted sales of CHF 50.6 billion. Genentech, in the United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche is the majority shareholder in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan. For more information, please visit

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