Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Genentech Appoints David Ebersman Senior Vice President, Product Operations

South San Francisco, Calif. -- May 15, 2001 --

Genentech, Inc. (NYSE: DNA) today announced the promotion of David Ebersman to senior vice president, Product Operations with responsibility for Global Manufacturing, Facilities, Engineering and Supply Chain Management. Ebersman reports to Susan D. Hellmann, M.D., M.P.H., executive vice president, Development and Product Operations, and chief medical officer.

Ebersman, 31, who has been with Genentech since 1994, previously held several positions in Business and Product Development. David was named senior director of Product Development in 1998 and vice president in 1999.

"David has made an enormous impact at Genentech as a leader for the Product Development function," said Hellmann. "Under his strong leadership, and with his extensive knowledge and experience, the Product Operations organization will be well positioned to fulfill Genentech's needs now and in the future."

Prior to joining Genentech, Ebersman was a research analyst covering biotechnology investments for Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., an investment banking firm. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and international relations from Brown University.

Genentech, Inc., is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and markets human pharmaceuticals for significant unmet medical needs. Fourteen of the currently approved products of biotechnology stem from Genentech science. Genentech markets nine products directly in the United States. The company has headquarters in South San Francisco, California and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DNA.

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