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Roche Diagnostics Ponce Named Best Employer In Puerto Rico... "Los 20 Mejores Patronos De Puerto Rico" Recognizes Roche Diagnostics' Diabetes Care Operations

November 21, 2003
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INDIANAPOLIS and PONCE, Puerto Rico, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Roche Diagnostics' Diabetes Care Operations in Ponce, Puerto Rico announced that they have been awarded the title of "Best Employer in Puerto Rico", from a top twenty list that is named each year in a highly coveted business competition. Known as "Los 20 Mejores Patronos en Puerto Rico", the award has been given annually since 1999, and provides awareness and recognition honoring Puerto Rico's best employers. This is Roche's first year of being nominated for the award.

"You can see and feel from the people here at Roche, that they are very satisfied with their daily contribution and are a part of a great family," said Miguel "Mickey" Centeno, General Manager, Roche Diagnostics Ponce. "The energy and motivational spirit from inside Roche is amazing. People really make the difference in Ponce, and our employees feel that they belong to a special team at Roche."

"Our people in Roche Diagnostics' Ponce operations embrace and nurture a community atmosphere which is overwhelmingly obvious to anyone who visits this World Class manufacturing facility. We are proud of their accomplishments and are honored they have been named the best among hundreds of global companies who have operations in Puerto Rico." said Martin Madaus, President and CEO of Roche Diagnostics, North America. "They are a model to be admired by all companies because of their aspiration to be an employer of choice."

An official awards celebration will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday, Nov. 20th.

About "Los 20 Mejores Patronos en Puerto Rico"

The "Twenty Best Employers in Puerto Rico" award honors Puerto Rico employers that consider their employees valuable to their success and are committed to their people. The criteria for the award are based on providing people "an integrated and inclusive work experience, being leaders in the creation, adoption and implementation of effective and innovating experiences."

It is sponsored by Hewitt Associates, "El Nuevo Dia" newspaper, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Gaither International. For more information, visit:

About Roche Ponce

Roche Diagnostics-Corange International Puerto Rico (RD-CIL PR) is part of the ROCHE Group, a multi-national company of leading healthcare products. These include diagnostic systems, biochemical products and pharmaceutical compounds. Roche Diagnostics is also the main worldwide supplier of diagnostic systems for decision making in health aspects. RD-CIL PR continues to grow, having expanded its operations to a 70,000 sq.ft. plant with approximately 145 employees, and has plans for future transfer of new products. Today, it manufactures 8 variations of dry chemistry blood glucose test strip products. It is located in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

About Roche and the Roche Diagnostics Division

Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is one of the world's leading innovation-driven healthcare groups. Its core businesses are pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. Roche is number one in the global diagnostics market, the leading supplier of pharmaceuticals for cancer and a leader in virology and transplantation. As a supplier of products and services for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, the Group contributes on a broad range of fronts to improving people's health and quality of life. Roche employs roughly 65,000 people in 150 countries. The Group has alliances and research and development agreements with numerous partners, including majority ownership interests in Genentech and Chugai. Roche's Diagnostics Division, the world leader in in-vitro diagnostics with a uniquely broad product portfolio, supplies a wide array of innovative testing products and services to researchers, physicians, patients, hospitals and laboratories world-wide. Roche Diagnostics' North American headquarters are in Indianapolis, Indiana. For further information, please visit our websites and .

For more information contact:

Lori LeRoy
Roche Diagnostics

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