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Severin Schwan

Chief Executive Officer, Roche Group

Personalized Healthcare: Getting from Promise to Reality

On Thursday, December 2 at the Chief Executives’ Club of Boston, Severin Schwan, chief executive officer of the Roche Group, spoke about challenges in the healthcare industry and creating personalized healthcare solutions by combining pharmaceuticals with diagnostic technology. Martin Madaus, president and chief executive officer of Millipore Corporation, introduced Schwan.


“No country spends more on healthcare than the U.S. … and all the analysts agree that this … will go up as we go forward.” READ TRANSCRIPT AND VIEW VIDEO »

“So-called Phase 1 trials [on patients with malignant melanoma] … have been completed, and, literally, the tumors are melting away.” READ TRANSCRIPT AND VIEW VIDEO »

“If … a company … just patents thousands of genes, and then [asks] anybody who works with those genes for royalties or access rights … that would slow down progress in science.” READ TRANSCRIPT AND VIEW VIDEO »

“[In the next 10 years, pharmaceutical companies that have] neither a rock-bottom cost structure [nor] little differentiation with … research and development … will be squeezed out.” READ TRANSCRIPT AND VIEW VIDEO »


Reuters: “Roche CEO sees generic co’s, innovators as winners” READ ARTICLE »

Boston Globe: “Roche CEO predicts rapid consolidation: Focus will be on biotech, he says” 

Boston Herald: “Roche chief touts skin-cancer drug” 

New England Cable News: “Severin Schwan, CEO, Roche Group” VIEW VIDEO »


Dr. Severin Schwan, Chief Executive Officer of Roche Group, addresses The Chief Executives' Club of Boston.
Seated clockwise from the bottom left, Bernd Reckmann (Chief Executive Officer, EMD Millipore), Robert Popeo (Chairman, Mintz Levin), Laura Sen (President & CEO, BJ's Wholesale Club), Brad Irwin (President & CEO, Welch's), Ted Lapres (President & CEO, Nypro), Fr. J. Donald Monan, S.J. (Chancellor, Boston College), Howard Grant (President & CEO, Lahey Clinic), Gary Gottlieb (President & CEO, Partners HealthCare), Patrick Prevost (President & CEO, Cabot Corp.), and Martin Madaus (Former Chairman, EMD Millipore) digest Dr. Schwan's remarks from the Speaker's Table.
Another "who's who" crowd at The Chief Executives' Club of Boston!!
Members of the media furiously jot down notes.