Media Release

Basel, 22 July 2016

Lukas (Luc) Hoffmann dies at the age of 93

On Thursday 21 July 2016, Dr Lukas (Luc) Hoffmann, grandson of Roche founder Fritz Hoffmann-La Roche and his wife, Adele, died at the age of 93. Luc Hoffmann was a member of the Board of Directors for over 40 years - from 1953 to 1996. He supported the company with great commitment from an expansion phase in the sixties and seventies to its entry into biotechnology and molecular diagnostics. Luc Hoffmann was a strong advocate for basic research, one of the prerequisites for Roche's success as a research-focused -organisation. A committed conservationist, Luc Hoffmann consistently created an awareness of social and environmental responsibilities. He was convinced that sustainability is important not just for the environment, but also – and equally – for Roche as an underlying principle; with this conviction, he was influential in developing and implementing Roche’s sustainability strategy.

Luc Hoffmann, born 1923 as the son of Emanuel Hoffmann and Maja Hoffmann-Stehlin, studied zoology in Basel and received his doctorate in 1952. He married Daria Razumovsky (1925-2002) the following year, and together they had four children. From 1954, he devoted great effort to setting up the "Station biologique de la Tour du Valat" research centre in the Camargue (France) at the heart of a nature reserve, and made the centre’s management his lifelong project. He was also a founding member and Vice President of the WWF (1961–1988) and was actively involved in a host of other conservation and cultural projects. In 1994, he established the MAVA foundation for conservation – the name is drawn from the initials of his four children – Maja, André, Vera, and Daschenka. He received prizes and awards for his scientific work and commitment from countless countries and organisations, including numerous honorary doctorates, the Euronatur Award for Environmental Excellence (Germany), the Kai Curry-Lindahl Award of the Colonial Waterbird Society (USA) and the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal (WWF International). Luc Hoffmann was also Chevalier and Officier de la Légion d'honneur (France).

Christoph Franz, Chairman of the Roche Board of Directors: “For over forty years as a Board member, Luc Hoffmann played a key role in ensuring Roche’s continued success. He also shaped conservation efforts and the sustainability concept in a visionary manner. His life's work is held in the highest esteem and regard, both at Roche and worldwide. On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Corporate Executive Committee, and all Roche employees, I would like to express our deepest condolences to his children, their families, the Oeri and Duschmalé-Oeri families, and all other relatives.”

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