Roche Diagnostics promotes from within to fill corner office

Roche (OTCQX:RHHBY) announced that it promoted Matt Sause to CEO of Roche Diagnostics.

Sause, 45, currently heads up Roche Diagnostics’ North America Region. His move to the corner office and to the company’s executive committee becomes effective Jan. 1, 2023.

The Basel, Switzerland-based company appointed current Roche Diagnostics CEO Thomas Schinecker to CEO, effective March 15, 2023.

“Matt Sause’s career at Roche has spanned twenty years in multiple countries across Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America in both the diagnostics and pharma divisions,” Schinecker said. “His combination of scientific knowledge with commercial experience makes him an excellent leader for the diagnostics division.”

The company’s board proposed the current CEO, Severin Schwan, as its new chair on March 14, 2023.

“Matt Sause has had an exceptional career with Roche and I am very pleased that we can once again internall…

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Roche names new CEO of Roche Diagnostics

Roche (SIX:RO, ROG; OTCQX:RHHBY) has named Matt Sause (45), head of Roche Diagnostics’ North America Region, to become the CEO of Roche Diagnostics on January 1, 2023.

Sause is a Roche veteran, working for the company from 2002 to 2018. He was a senior molecular account manager in his first role working for the company. He was eventually promoted to various senior positions in general management and global product leadership in the company’s diagnostics and pharmaceutical divisions. From July 2018 to July 2019, he worked as an executive at Roche’s Genentech division. In that role, he was involved in developing Tecentriq (atezolizumab) for head and neck cancers.

Matt Sause

From July 2019 to October, he worked as an executive at Gilead Sciences but rejoined Roche in November 2019.

“Matt Sause’s career at Roche has spanned twenty years in multiple countries across Asi…

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New authorized Roche COVID-19 test can also detect viral loads

Roche announced today that it received FDA emergency use authorization (EUA) for its cobas SARS-CoV-2 Duo diagnostic.

Authorization covers the cobas SARS-CoV-2 Duo on the fully automated cobas 6800/8800 systems, expanding Roche’s COVID-19 portfolio and representing the first automated, RT-PCR assay for the in vitro qualitative and quantitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in nasal and nasopharyngeal swab specimens.

The assay performs quantitation of SARS-CoV-2 RNA levels in the connected specimen, while only the qualitative result of cobas SARS-CoV-2 Duo is intended for use as an aid in the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection in patients suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider.

Basel, Switzerland-based Roche said in a news release that the potential benefits from reporting a standard viral load along with the qualitative result may help clinicians assess and monitor infected patients across laboratories over time.

The company plans t…

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Roche says its research-only COVID-19 tests can detect a range of variants, subvariants

Roche announced today that its TIB Molbiol subsidiary has made available testing solutions that can identify a number of COVID-19 variants.

Basel, Switzerland-based Roche’s testing offerings can identify the SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19) B.1.1.529 variant and differentiate between the omicron subvariants BA.1, BA.1.1, BA.2, BA.2.2, BA.3 and delta, according to a news release.

VirSNiP SARS-CoV-2 Spike S371L S373P and VirSNiP SARS-CoV-2 Spike S371L S373P 452R are Roche’s research use-only tests now available, adding to the test kits previously developed by Roche and TIB Molbiol for detecting recent BA.1 and BA.2, as well as other mutations, present in the novel B.1.1.529 omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant.

The company said TIB Molbiol’s researchers work in collaboration with academic contacts to continually screen for new variants and emerging diseases.

“Roche is pleased to offer testing options addressing the ongoing COVID-19 he…

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Roche to compete against Abbott with fast COVID-19 antigen tests

Roche (SWX: RO,  ROG) plans to launch a SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test that doesn’t need lab equipment to process results — similar to the test that Abbott (NYSE:ABT) recently launched.

Roche’s test will launch late this month in Europe, initially making 40 million tests available per month. The Swiss pharma and diagnostics giant plans to also seek an emergency use authorization from U.S. FDA, and will double production by the end of the year.

The test can provide results within 15 minutes. It has a sensitivity of 96.52% (positive percent agreement) and a specificity of 99.68% (negative percent agreement), based on 426 samples from two independent study centers, according to Roche.

Roche is launching the rapid antigen test in partnership with SD Biosensor, with whom Roche has a global distribution agreement

“Especially in the upcoming flu season, it is important to know whether a person has SARS-CoV-2 or the flu to ensure the righ…

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AdvaMed unveils COVID-19 diagnostic supply registry

AdvaMed announced today that it created a comprehensive national COVID-19 diagnostic supply registry to aid state and federal pandemic responses.

According to a news release, AdvaMed is launching the registry in partnership with 13 commercial diagnostics manufacturers: Abbott (NYSE:ABT), Becton Dickinson (NYSE:BDX), bioMérieux, Bio-Rad Laboratories (NYSE:BIO), Beckman Coulter, Cepheid, Hologic (NSDQ:HOLX), Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Qiagen (NYSE:QGEN), Roche Diagnostics, Sekisui Diagnostics, Siemens Healthineers (ETR: SHL), and Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE:TMO).

The AdvaMed registry is designed to compile information from the diagnostic companies, along with public data, to create a centralized and standardized COVID-19 diagnostic supply registry to update on weekly numbers at state and national levels regarding molecular, antigen and serology tests shipped in the U.S.

AdvaMed said in the release that the registry will also help streamline communicati…

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