Roche Diagnostics downward spiral

They used to be #1 in the US and the world in diagnostics, then their leaders left, the FDA moved in and total incompetence followed. They continue to lose good talent and have mediocre products. And again as they did two years ago, they cut their customer-facing departments, while continuing to be so top-heavy they keep falling over themselves.The most recent reduction of 200 has established Roche as probably the only $1billion organization that does not have a true customer service department, or leader. Instead of going from "good to great", they've gone from "great to desperate".

Old Superman comics used to

Old Superman comics used to have an alternate universe called Bizzaro-world. In this place everything was 180 degrees out of phase with reality. Clearly you live in such a place. You are an idiot and I'm thrilled that you work for roche. It makes my job much easier.

How sad you must be. Get

How sad you must be. Get over it. Roche CD is one of the best run sales organizations in the industry. Truth be told CD does not even need a sales group. The products sell themselves!

Well said. It is impossible

Well said. It is impossible to find any fortitude at CD. It is rife with butt kissing, inexperience, self promoting clowns. Open your eyes and ears and you will see many monkeys dancing to the organ grinder de jour! Too funny. Let's watch how well whats left of the Marketing team dances to the midget for KY organ?

In the republic of

In the republic of Rocheocrity there is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity.

I can't understand how people

I can't understand how people focus on a giant like roche.
This is a strong company with huge profit in the stock market.
Unlike other Mickey Mouse corporations like BCI that went to hide under the protection of another Mickey Mouse corporation just to survive from their mistakes.
the difference between both companies is that Danaher forgot the the old quote
Don't bite off more than you can chew
They also have no clue about the law of power
avoid the unhappy and unlucky."
They found this unlucky and unhappy company and they are so stupid that they bought it.
You can die from someone else’s misery – emotional states are as infectious as disease. You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster. The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and fortunate instead.

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.

Pay attention anyone who is

Pay attention anyone who is looking at going to work for Roche CD sales (Don't have to worry about it right now since they are on a hiring freeze). In the past 6 years the CEO has changed 3 times (2 year average). The VP of sales has changed 5 times (1 year 2 month average). AD's were hired based on blind loyaty to CB and sure they will be changing soon since he was moved over to Marketing after failing to hit his number? Marketing is a ship of fools now headed up by someone who has never held a marketing position. There is ZERO continuity and no authority in the sales department. That's why they continue to hire and promote the unqualified, under-experienced, carpet-baggers. Good luck to the new VP of sales. This position should help you in your job search in 2014.

About a year overdue for

About a year overdue for changing the CEO again

RP and CB both know Jack

RP and CB both know Jack shit......its how you position your friends....JP is a mater at this.
JP after cheating on his wife and kids for years must feel like an ass after his mentor and star Lance Armstrong admits to drugs and cheating.....oh, tell me its not true!

Wow! Let's reorganize CD

Wow! Let's reorganize CD marketing twice within one year, sweap the directors and VP, bring in replacements, one way underqualified, shuffle the deck and call it day. It's an HBR case study in organizational management at it's worst.

Kost?

Kost?

The drama continues. RP, who

The drama continues. RP, who has been a total failure in CD marketing (way to be Cialis Boy) gets a plum assignment to Switzerland global marketing - UNBELIEVABLE!!! Then, it only gets better, CB loses his position as VP of Sales and gets the CD Marketing Position vacated by RP when he has ZERO marketing experience in his entire career. This ship has NO rudder and the only reason it is not completely foundering is because the competitors are so screwed up as well.

I thought DOD brought DP

I thought DOD brought DP over? Did they not get along? Didn't seem to me that DP ever understood the Dx business at all...

Another Diagnostics update.

Another Diagnostics update. David L moving over to Pharma, No surprise after DOD took over. So, who is in the running for David's former position?

So the next chapter in the

So the next chapter in the Branchburg to Penzburg transition for enzyme production (first reported here in September 2011) is what will it KOST? In 2011 the decision was based on tthe move saving millions$. Then Kosts ballooned. Then the German team members argued the savings were real and the ballooned estimates incorrect ; the move would save money. Now an independent KOST estimate is in the works. Roche's best 2 out of 3 decision-making speaks for itself. This observer hopes RMS moves despite the KOSTS and predicts that within 12 months of such move, the RMS PCR products will suffer from fatal quality problems. Dump your ADRs as soon as this move happens.

Roche must be in an excellent

Roche must be in an excellent shape if the most urgent topic discussed is the ban of alcoholic beer at one of their sites years ago...

"The head of safety was a

"The head of safety was a Bavarian and he took a lot of heat from the Bavarians from having it removed"

oh my good what a pussy, destroying the paradies in biotech´s world

There was only 1 opening to

There was only 1 opening to the coal mine and it was sealed in concrete when Boehringer Mannheim started to build the Penzberg facility. No one ever fell into it. There is a small mine car on the property as a monument to its mining history. Boehringer Mannheim was able to purchase the property at a discount as the city of Penzberg was eager to obtain a source of jobs to replace the mine.

Don't get to excited about the availability of beer in Penzberg (or Mannheim for that matter) as it is alcohol free now. In the 1970's alcohol containing beer was available from vending machines but safety concerns eventually led to its removal. The head of safety was a Bavarian and he took a lot of heat from the Bavarians from having it removed.l

"Also cool is that they have

"Also cool is that they have beers in the cafe vending machines."

don´t forget you are talking about Bavarian, beer there is like liquid bread with additional nutirent supplements, great to know that Roche is thinking about the healty and motivated status of their staff

What's great about the

What's great about the Penzberg facility is that is is located on top of an old coal mine. It use to be pretty common to walk around the grounds and fall into an old shaft. Also cool is that they have beers in the cafe vending machines.

Great place to take the train to Octoberfest.

Roche invests $258M-plus into

Roche invests $258M-plus into Germany Dx plant expansion!!!!

Diagnostic business can not be to bad

VelaDx COO has not been axed

VelaDx COO has not been axed - MC was tired of traveling to Singapore and refused to move. MT was also tired of being openly challenged so he was "transferred" to the US.
He is now COO for NA @Vela

Well, now what? Is Illumina

Well, now what? Is Illumina off the hook? And does Roche-454 breathe a sigh of relief? What's the next shoe to fall? Does the company trim more internally or wait a few months for another stab at ILMNA? And when does DOD's picture come off the investors page and SS goes up as the company leader?.....tune in next week. Same time, same channel.
Australian Offers

what happened?

what happened?

Condolences to the 100+

Condolences to the 100+ victims of the new diabetes restructuring.

As long as Hubbard is there

As long as Hubbard is there the FDA will always have a reserved parking space.

Rumor has it Vela Diagnostics

Rumor has it Vela Diagnostics COO has been AXED - MC, MT's poster boy obviously could not cut it. Goes to show MT's lack of hiring skills (among other things he fails at) or he was just desperate at the time. All these Roche rejects will come to realize how good they had it. One for the history books - COO fired well before company starts business.

Life is good.

Life is good.

I forgot. We are "Best in

I forgot. We are "Best in the Business".

One division has enough bs to

One division has enough bs to keep the grass green all year round.

The grass was kept green

The grass was kept green through the use of their own water reserve that does not pull from the city water. If you are an employee you'd know this if you paid attention. As for the PCR, this has been addressed earlier. A fraction of a percent of a companys revenue does not impact it as a whole. RAS could go to $0 revenue and it would barely impact the rest of Roche.

or Beckman laid off

or Beckman laid off executives can come to rescue.

This turkey has been

This turkey has been spiraling downward since they bought the rights to PCR. When will it finally hit bottom, crash, burn, and go away?!?

They kept the grass green in

They kept the grass green in Indy despite the drought.

"JP is doing a bang-up job

"JP is doing a bang-up job here. Energized employees, a Culture of Accountability, deadwood gone, good riddance."
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What drugs are you on and where may I get some?

Don't worry - there'll be

Don't worry - there'll be plenty of Siemens management to rescue you

Talent? AI maybe. MH & KF

Talent? AI maybe. MH & KF debatable..... Lets take a poll... Who's next?

A few more people recently

A few more people recently tossed over-board in Branchburg. Slow but steady leak of talent out the bottom of the boat. While up on deck all the chairs are being re-arranged....moving people around just because it makes management look like its doing something. Anything. The passangers should know by now it's all a distraction until the new course is announced. If Nutley can't anchor Roche in NJ why should one think Branchburg (or nearby Branford) can. The cruise will be over shortly and all the passengers can disembark.

Thought the night at the

Thought the night at the Children's Museum was really cool.

And send 1000 more jobs to

And send 1000 more jobs to China: http://www.fiercebiotech.com/story/roche-sees-growth-china-and-switzerla...

Totally agree with the last

Totally agree with the last poster. The "trust me" factor of qPCR and untold probablities for errors and multiplicative efficiencies of 4 to 6 different steps have shit canned this tech in diagnostics. Moreover, there is not 1 consistent machine or algorythem used to quantiate - all companies have different ways to calculate. There is no governing body to standardize either.

Go back to research and your average results. When you can put your BIG BOY pants on a give us cell to cell variablity and cell to cell quantitation instead of averages, then show up at the door - until then stop wasting our time.

"To be blunt, it's painfully

"To be blunt, it's painfully obvious you do not know what in the hell you are talking about. When extraction efficiency, PCR efficiency, and assay design process are optimized, specificity and sensitivity for a given target can well meet diagnostic needs."

Back at you...extraction efficiency (x) pcr efficeincy - which can be more than 100% - explain that (x) assay desing optimized (ie. no consistant process) x ...(x) = between 70 to 80% probablity of success for an average number of copies/cell - which the cells can NEVER be used again because they have been destoryed...

Now that's an asaay that I can trust!

"Sure, the results show a

"Sure, the results show a general trend over a large population of cells, but doesn't have the clinical specificity needed. qPCR has run it's course, time for a different technology."

To be blunt, it's painfully obvious you do not know what in the hell you are talking about. When extraction efficiency, PCR efficiency, and assay design process are optimized, specificity and sensitivity for a given target can well meet diagnostic needs.

Given that, what is the different technology that you are talking about?

They had a super party at the

They had a super party at the Indpls Childrens Museum Saturday night!

"Sure, the results show a

"Sure, the results show a general trend over a large population of cells, but doesn't have the clinical specificity needed. qPCR has run it's course, time for a different technology."

Which is?

Roche Diagnostics is where it

Roche Diagnostics is where it is today, not because of the people they have hired, but because qPCR is not what the world wants in diagnostics. Sure, the results show a general trend over a large population of cells, but doesn't have the clinical specificity needed. qPCR has run it's course, time for a different technology.

To Roche UK staff, please

To Roche UK staff, please have some pity for your poor 'brothers' over at Siemens, please don't laugh when you see us in our new Grey shirts, yes we know we look like Dixons rejects but they make us do it! and sorry about the pong, only ONE pair of trousers come with it.

Be nice to us and maybe look out for some jobs for us, you probably heard we are having redundancies because of you, maybe buy us a coffee in the name of mercy, remember one day it could be you (but with our prospects? I doubt it)

Had no idea of JP's lack of

Had no idea of JP's lack of moral character. Unfortunately, should not be shocking given the total lack of character SS consistently demonstrates. The fish stinks from the head down!

They are not going alone.

They are not going alone.

It seems like Jack Phillips

It seems like Jack Phillips is stabizing, and helping Roche to rebound after the MT path of destruction. Interesting to note that Roche lost the $19.5 lawsuit with Marsh. That decision to pull out was another MT decision.

All that said, glad to see Roche has a leader that can maybe help it grow again.

Nobody is mentioning

Nobody is mentioning this?

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012306210003

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