Tuesday, Nov 3, 1998

Genentech Names Barta Vice President, Quality

South San Francisco, Calif. -- November 3, 1998 --

Genentech, Inc. (NYSE: GNE) today announced the promotion of Joe Barta to vice president, Quality. Barta is responsible for quality assurance and quality control of all of Genentech's clinical and marketed products.

Barta, 51, who has been with Genentech for over 10 years, previously served as senior director, Quality Assurance, and has held positions at Genentech in the areas of pharmaceutical manufacturing and validation.

"This appointment acknowledges the key role that Joe has played in the success of Genentech's manufacturing and quality organizations," said William D. Young, Genentech's chief operating officer. "With his broad experience and strong leadership, Joe will continue to contribute significantly to Genentech's quality efforts."

Prior to joining Genentech, Barta served as director of Quality Assurance and Quality Control at Codon, and before that as group validation manager for Miles Laboratories, Inc.

Barta holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in microbiology from Oregon State University.

He is a member of the Parenteral Drug Association, the American Society for Microbiology and the American Society for Quality.

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

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