Monday, Feb 22, 1999

Genentech Names Ebersman Vice President

South San Francisco, Calif. -- February 22, 1999 --

Genentech, Inc. (NYSE: GNE) today announced the promotion of David A. Ebersman to vice president, Product Development. Ebersman is responsible for all of Genentech's product development efforts and works closely with the various departments at Genentech which are involved in development to meet the corporate priority of advancing Genentech's product pipeline.

Ebersman, 29, who has been with Genentech for 5 years, previously served as senior director, Product Development, and has held positions at Genentech in the area of Business Development as business development analyst, business development manager and business development director.

"This appointment acknowledges the key role that David has played in the success of Genentech's Business Development and Product Development organizations," said Sue Hellmann, Genentech's senior vice president, Development and chief medical officer. "With his broad experience and strong leadership, David will continue to contribute significantly to Genentech's Product Development efforts."

Prior to joining Genentech, Ebersman was a Research Analyst covering biotechnology investments for Oppenheimer & Co, Inc., a New York-based investment banking firm.

Ebersman 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. 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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