Roche dou­bles down on organoids, hu­man mod­el sys­tems with new re­search in­sti­tute

In a move to speed up drug dis­cov­ery and de­vel­op­ment, Roche has launched a new re­search group it’s nam­ing the In­sti­tute of Hu­man Bi­ol­o­gy — whose mis­sion is to cre­ate “repli­cas” of hu­man tis­sues and or­gans that can then be broad­ly ap­plied across the com­pa­ny.

Lo­cat­ed in Roche’s head­quar­ters of Basel, Switzer­land, the in­sti­tute aims to grow to 250 sci­en­tists and bio­engi­neers over the next four years, while build­ing out a net­work of aca­d­e­m­ic col­lab­o­ra­tors around the world. It cur­rent­ly hous­es 80 peo­ple, a Roche spokesper­son said.

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