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September 04, 2015 7:32 PM ET


Company Overview of Genentech, Inc.

Company Overview

Genentech, Inc., a biotechnology company, engages in the research, development, manufacture, and marketing of biotechnology products for treating patients with serious or life-threatening diseases in the United States. It offers molecular entities and medicines in the areas of oncology, immunology, neuroscience, metabolism, and infectious diseases. The company also offers hematology medicines that include antibody-drug conjugates, small molecule antagonists, and small molecule BCL-2 inhibitors. Genentech, Inc. has a strategic alliance with Array biopharma; a clinical trial collaboration with Clovis Oncology; and an immunotherapy trial collaboration with Immune Design. The company was founded...

1 DNA Way Mailstop 258A

South San Francisco, CA 94080-4990

United States

Founded in 1976

11,186 Employees





Key Executives for Genentech, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, Head of North American Commercial Operations and Director
Age: 54
Co-Founder and Member of Scientific Resource Board
Age: 78
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Chief Compliance Officer, Head of Legal Affairs for North America, Senior Vice President and Secretary
Vice President of Human Resources and Regional Human Resources Head of North America
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Genentech, Inc. Key Developments

Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Enters Clinical Trial Collaboration with Genentech in Cancer Immunotherapy Combining Entinostat and Atezolizumab

Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that it has entered into a clinical collaboration with Genentech to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of Syndax's entinostat, an oral small molecule that targets immune regulatory cells (myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) and regulatory T cells (Tregs)), in combination with Genentech's atezolizumab (MPDL3280A), a fully humanized monoclonal antibody targeting protein programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1), in patients with triple-negative breast cancer. Triple-negative breast cancer is estimated to account for 10-20% of all diagnosed breast cancers and is characterized by a lack of expression of estrogen receptor (ER-), progesterone receptor (PR-) and HER2 (HER2-) on the breast cancer cells. Syndax will be responsible for conducting the Phase 1b/2 clinical trial in triple-negative breast cancer and the agreement includes a provision where the parties may extend the collaboration to include a Phase 3 clinical trial as well as additional trials in new indications of mutual interest.

Pivotal Phase II Study Showed Genentech’s Investigational Immunotherapy Atezolizumab Shrank Tumors in People with Specific Type of Lung Cancer

Genentech announced that in the large pivotal Phase II study, BIRCH, the investigational cancer immunotherapy atezolizumab (MPDL3280A; anti-PDL1) met its primary endpoint and shrank tumors (objective response rate; ORR) in people with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease expressed PD-L1 (Programmed Death Ligand-1). The study showed the amount of PD-L1 expressed by a person’s cancer correlated with their response to the medicine. Adverse events were consistent with what has been previously observed for atezolizumab.

Genentech Announces Positive Results from Phase II M13-982 Study of Venetoclax

Genentech announced positive results from the Phase II M13-982 study of venetoclax, an investigational medicine being developed in partnership with AbbVie. The study met its primary endpoint, showing that venetoclax monotherapy resulted in a clinically meaningful reduction in the number of cancer cells (overall response rate, ORR) in a pre-defined proportion of people with previously treated (relapsed or refractory) chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) harboring the 17p deletion. No unexpected safety signals were reported for venetoclax. Venetoclax was recently granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of previously treated CLL with the 17p deletion. This designation is designed to expedite the development and review of medicines intended to treat serious diseases. People with this type of CLL typically have a median life expectancy of less than three years. This is the eighth BTD granted for a Genentech medicine, and the second one in hematology. Data from the pivotal M13-982 study will be submitted for presentation at an upcoming medical meeting. AbbVie plans to submit these data to the FDA, European Medicines Agency (EMA) and other health authorities around the world for approval consideration.

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