27th November 2015

Students prepare to be the scientists of the future

Roche will host more than 100 A-Level students for an interactive science event
at its Welwyn Garden City site

Friday 27 November 2015, Welwyn Garden City: Today, Professor Lord Robert Winston will open an inaugural interactive science event, generationext: it’s in your DNA at Roche’s UK base in Welwyn Garden City. The event will see more than 100 A-level students from across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire take part in three bespoke workshop sessions delivered by world-leading experts and Roche employees.

Today’s students are tomorrow’s scientists who will develop new treatments, medicines which could improve thousands of lives in the future. ‘generationext: it’s in your DNA’ is designed to engage young people with science and give them a better understanding of the work done by healthcare companies like Roche.  The day will be an opportunity to inspire students to study science and demonstrate the impact that a career in science could make to other people’s lives.

Today is a series of workshops based on Roche’s joint expertise in healthcare, and also on three truly exciting areas of medicine today: Immunotherapy, Genetics and Diagnostics. Together, these three areas demonstrate the future of personalised medicine.

Generationext will be introduced by Professor Lord Robert Winston and include workshops run by Vivienne Parry OBE, Genomics England, and Professor Peter Schmid, Barts Cancer Institute, as well as a Roche Diagnostics led workshop. The workshops will focus on the personalisation of medicine, the advances healthcare has made in the last 35 years, and the potential advances that could be made by the students in the next 35 years.

Roche aims to develop a condensed, roadshow version of the event so it can bring the science to more students, and hopes to expand the event in future years.


Richard Erwin, Managing Director of Roche UK (Products Ltd.):

“Today’s students will be the scientists and Nobel Prize winners of the future – they will be the ones responsible for improving and saving thousands of lives in the years to come.  We want to inspire, encourage and support them to follow a career in science so they can do just that.”

Christopher Parker, Managing Director of Roche UK and Ireland (Diagnostics):

“As the science of genomics continues to develop, diagnostics will enable healthcare professionals to treat patients in a more personalised way than has previously been possible. Events like generationext help us to nurture our home-grown talent so that we have the skills to harness this opportunity in the future.”

Vivienne Parry OBE:

“Science is a fantastic career choice; it’s creative, exciting, well paid and the best bit of all is that you can make a real difference, especially in healthcare. But without events like generationext, young people might never know this.”



Notes for Editors:

About Roche in the UK:

Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases and neuroscience. Roche is also the world leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management. Roche’s personalised healthcare strategy aims at providing medicines and diagnostics that enable tangible improvements in the health, quality of life, safety and survival of patients. Twenty-eight medicines developed by Roche are included in the WHO Model Lists of Essential Medicines, among them life-saving antibiotics, antimalarials and chemotherapy.  Roche in the UK employs over 2,000 people in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. For more information: www.roche.co.uk

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