Genentech Forms Special Committee of Independent Directors to Review Roche Proposal

I’ve decided to add a new category for Business/Industry News.  In these cases, the posting will be a re-print of press releases affecting the industry that I find of high interest.  This one is from Genentech on the Roche offer.

South San Francisco, Calif. –  July 24, 2008 — Genentech, Inc. (NYSE:DNA) announced today that it has formed a special committee of its Board of Directors, composed of the company’s three independent directors, to assess the proposal from Roche to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Genentech stock not owned by Roche at a price of $89.00 in cash per share. The special committee members are Herbert W. Boyer, Ph.D., Debra L. Reed and Charles A. Sanders, M.D.

Charles A. Sanders, the chairman of the special committee, said, "The special committee intends to proceed in a timely manner to review the Roche proposal, which was both unsolicited and unexpected. The outcome of this process has not been pre-determined, and there can be no assurance that the special committee will approve any transaction with Roche."

In forming the special committee, the Board of Directors of Genentech resolved that the Board would not recommend to stockholders or otherwise approve a merger or other business combination transaction with Roche without the prior favorable recommendation of the special committee.

Neither Genentech nor the special committee has any obligation under the Affiliation Agreement between Genentech and Roche, or otherwise, to agree to a transaction. In addition, the Affiliation Agreement does not obligate Genentech or the special committee to agree to any specific process or any price based on valuation assessments provided by investment banks.

The special committee has retained Goldman, Sachs & Co. to act as its financial advisor, and Latham & Watkins LLP as its legal counsel. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is representing Genentech.

About Genentech
Founded more than 30 years ago, Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with significant unmet medical needs. The company has headquarters in South San Francisco, California and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DNA. For additional information about the company, please visit http://www.gene.com.

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