Roche Accelerator

We are passionate about advancing your science to jointly make a real difference to people’s health

Published 18 May 2021

Roche Accelerator is an initiative to build an innovation hub and contribute to the local innovation ecosystem in China. We aim to attract entrepreneurs in the areas of pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and personalised healthcare (PHC) including artificial intelligence (AI) and digital solutions.

By 2030, China aims to be the leading healthcare market in the world and our aspiration is for Roche to become a leading healthcare company in China - delivering improved care to the world’s largest population.

For more than 90 years Roche has had a strong presence in China. We were the first multinational healthcare company to set up a fully owned R&D center in Shanghai with the aim to discover and develop more breakthrough medicines in China for Chinese patients - and patients all over the world. We believe China's scale, commitment and emerging innovation in healthcare presents a unique opportunity to contribute for Roche and our partners.

About Roche Accelerator

Roche Accelerator is the first in-house accelerator globally, representing Roche’s long-term commitment to Shanghai and China. Roche Accelerator strengthens the collaboration with local partners and plays a key part in the local innovation ecosystem.

Many good ideas in the early stages can often fail to materialise. We want to do our utmost on whatever is needed for our entrepreneurs to succeed.
Qiusong Tang Head of Roche Accelerator

Embedded in the Roche R&D organization, the Accelerator catalyses and empowers entrepreneurs to bridge the gap between concept and proof-of-concept through Roche’s dedicated team, full-spectrum research and development (R&D) and commercial capabilities in China. We could provide seed funding, intensive coaching and guidance, and best-in-class in-house scientific avenues to discuss topics as detailed as assays, or with strategic breadth, like defining key milestones to de-risk the science. We do this together with our partners, where they can add value.

Located in the heart of Zhangjiang of Pudong, Shanghai, the building of Roche Accelerator will be completed by Q1 2022. The 5,000-square-meter building will be home to state-of-the-art laboratories, offices, and collaboration spaces for entrepreneurs focusing on pharma, diagnostics, and personalised healthcare (PHC) including artificial intelligence (AI) and digital solutions.

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What we offer

  • Infrastructure: access to a state-of-the-art Roche R&D building completely redesigned and remodeled, providing more than 5,000 sqm. laboratory with equipment, office and collaboration spaces in the heart of Zhangjiang (estimated Q1 2022)
  • Support: scientific and strategic mentorship from Roche business leaders, senior scientists, distinguished experts, investors as well as a community platform for portfolio companies to connect and collaborate
  • Funding: potential Roche seed funding available in the forms of equity investment, research funding or subsidies; priority access to our venture capital partners
  • Operations: Procurement and Logistics, Environment, Health and Safety, IT and network, and preferential benefits from Roche recommended vendors and potential tax incentives and government subsidies
  • Flexibility: a flexible program that can be tailored to the individual needs of each entrepreneur, depending on where you are in your journey

Our focus

We focus on the following areas: pharma, diagnostics and personalised healthcare (PHC) including AI and digital solutions - a strategy that aims to fit the right treatment to each person in the best way possible. Being agnostic to the company stage, we are interested in discovery, translational and early development projects with a special focus on:

First-in-class/first-in-concept oncology and immuno-oncology therapies, and beyond
Innovative approaches and technologies to address diseases with many unmet needs for diagnosis and treatment
Biomarkers guided diagnostics
Meaningful data at scale and insight generation, powered by AI/machine learning

Join us

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We invite you to join us and start something amazing!

Become a member

At Roche, finding innovative solutions for unmet medical needs is at the heart of what we do. We are passionate about advancing science: yours and ours - identifying the best innovations, whether internal or external, and delivering them to people worldwide. Only by collaborating with the brightest minds in science and technology, can we serve patients with difficult-to-treat diseases, both now and in future.

Our portfolio start-ups

Have a look at our Roche Accelerator members. We hope that together we can build a better future with medical advances that make a real difference to people’s health.

First batch - Year 2021

Contact us

We invite you to submit non-confidential information through this application form. The information you provide will only be used to contact you regarding your application to become a Roche Accelerator member.

We accept applications on a rolling basis; short-listed candidates will be invited to present face-to-face to the Roche team.

Even if you believe your project is not yet mature and are hesitant to apply, we recommend that you get in contact with us. We may see the potential opportunity differently and can help advance your project. At the very least, we can help you prepare for the future.

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