Monday, Jul 21, 2008

Genentech Announces Receipt of Proposal From Roche

South San Francisco, Calif. -- July 21, 2008 --

Genentech, Inc. (NYSE:DNA) announced today that it has received a proposal from Roche to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Genentech stock not owned by Roche at a price of $89.00 in cash per share. Currently, Roche owns approximately 55.9% of the outstanding shares of Genentech. Genentech expects that a special committee of its Board of Directors, composed of the independent directors, will be convened promptly to determine what action to take with respect to the proposal.

About Genentech
Founded more than 30 years ago, Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with significant unmet medical needs. The company has headquarters in South San Francisco, California and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DNA. For additional information about the company, please visit

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