New Cancer Drug Creates Buzz for Roche, Hunts for Bolt-on M&As: CEO

Published: Oct 17, 2012

A new cancer drug being trialed by Swiss Drugmaker Roche Holding will present a key opportunity for the company in the coming months, Roche CEO Severin Schwan told CNBC Tuesday. “It’s a very big opportunity. Perjeta is a new novel medicine which is combined with Herceptin and clinical data is very exciting. We’ll present more data at an upcoming conference but we’ve seen good uptake in the United States where it has just been released,” Schwan said. He admitted that price pressure was less of a factor for Roche than for other pharmaceutical companies within Europe. On average it stands at around 5 percent on sales but for Roche was just 2 percent. “It’s at a much lesser extent for us in Europe so the innovation of our medicine and the clinical benefit we provide to our patients protects us somewhat on that front,” he added. The Swiss drugmaker confirmed its full year outlook Tuesday after strong sales of cancer drugs in the third quarter and a weaker Swiss franc against the dollar and Japanese yen.

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