70 years of the Roche Employees' Association (AVR)

70 years of the Roche Employees’ Association (AVR) – what an occasion, what a success! And the story of the AVR is still far from being over. The Association is more important and more in demand than ever.

Five questions for Reto Buholzer, Vice Chairman of the Pension Fund of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.

The Pension Fund of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd is celebrating its centenary this year. Looking back, what can it be particularly proud of? The Pension Fund is in good shape and well positioned. I am proud that employee and employer representatives work together as a single unit.

Stefanie Weiss - another site representative in Basel

I’ve been with Roche since 2003 and have always appreciated the many opportunities for personal development the company offers. I started off as a training manager in Liquids Production in Basel, then moved to Kaiseraugst as part of the start-up team for PKau (Parenterals Kaiseraugst), where I was responsible for implementing a new training scheme.

Michael Leonard Hahn a new member of site representative

Michael grew up in Aachen where, after leaving school, he studied biology. In 1989, these studies took him to England, where he would spend the next 30 years. For about 14 of those, he was employed by Roche Products Ltd in Welwyn Garden City. In 2018, a mixture of curiosity and Brexit brought him to Basel, where he initially worked in NIBR at Novartis. Subsequently, in summer 2020, he joined PDN – and is very glad about it!

Interview with Sandra Leoni, AVR site representative for Diabetes Care (DC)

Sandra Leoni has been site representative for Diabetes Care in Basel since November 2020, the interview was conducted by Adnan Tanglay, AVR president.

Interview with Dr. Christian Klein

Everyday research at Roche Glycart AG - Dr. Ralf Geertsen, AVR Site Representative Schlieren, in an interview with Dr. Christian Klein, Leader Cancer Immunotherapy, Discovery Oncology

Adrian Schäublin and Beat Handschin - two additional newcomer in the AVR team

Adrian Schäublin and Beat Handschin are two of the new site representatives joining the existing team in Basel. Susanne Löffler and Petra Welter interviewed them:

Interview with new site representative – Alain Bindels

The AVR site representative elections were held in November 2020. There were many new faces in both Basel and Kaiseraugst. We wanted to get to know more about one of these faces – Alain Bindels, Kaiseraugst site representative.

SRep interview Justine Frank

The AVR site representative elections were held at the end of November 2018. Basel and Kaiseraugst each elected two new site representatives to join the eleven existing Committee members. One of the new faces belongs to Justine Frank. She agreed to give us an interview on behalf of all the new representatives.

Annual CEO discussion 2019

The AVR met Roche CEO Dr Severin Schwan for a face-to-face briefing on Roche's 2018 business results and to ask questions. The issues raised included measuring the success of reorganisations, relocating services to low-wage countries and losing senior managers to competitors.