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Roche & Hitachi High-Tech to Continue Partnership for Another Decade

Written by : Aishwarya Sarthe

May 29, 2024

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This agreement aims to leverage both companies' expertise in diagnostics innovation, engineering, and manufacturing, reinforcing their long-standing relationship.

Japan’s Hitachi High-Tech has extended its partnership with Swiss company Roche, for ten more years. 

Roche and Hitachi High-Tech have worked together since 1978 to bring advanced diagnostics to the global market. This collaboration has resulted in over 84,000 diagnostic units installed worldwide, significantly impacting healthcare systems.

This agreement aims to leverage both companies' expertise in diagnostics innovation, engineering, and manufacturing, reinforcing their long-standing relationship.

"By extending our partnership with Roche, we continue to drive forward the development of diagnostics that improve patient care globally. Our joint efforts aim to enhance the quality of life and create a society without fear of cancer," a spokesperson from Hitachi stated.

The partnership will focus on developing new diagnostic technologies to meet the evolving needs of healthcare providers and patients. Their combined efforts will tackle some of the most pressing health issues and improve diagnostic accuracy and efficiency.

Further, the collaboration's future initiatives will likely include advancements in precision medicine, personalized healthcare, and more integrated diagnostic solutions. 

Rationale Behind the Extension

The partnership between Roche and Hitachi High-Tech has yielded numerous advancements in in-vitro diagnostics, including the integrated 'serum work area' concept, which combines clinical chemistry and immunochemistry into a single system. 

According to the companies, this innovation has streamlined laboratory processes and improved diagnostic testing efficiency.

Both companies share a vision of continuous innovation in in-vitro diagnostics to address current and future healthcare challenges. 

On the partnership, a Roche representative said, "Our collaboration with Hitachi High-Tech has been instrumental in advancing diagnostic solutions. Together, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in healthcare and improving patient outcomes worldwide."

Founded in 1896, Roche is now the world's largest biotechnology company and a leader in in-vitro diagnostics. The company focuses on scientific excellence to discover and develop medicines and diagnostics that improve and save lives.

Hitachi High-Tech, on the other hand, is involved in various fields, including clinical analyzers, biotechnology products, radiation therapy systems, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, and analytical instruments.

Roche’s Latest Healthcare Developments

In addition to its partnership with Hitachi High-Tech, Roche partnered strategically with VinCense, a digital health monitoring provider under MedIoTek Health Systems. This partnership aims to enhance access to diabetes care in Tamil Nadu, India.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Roche and VinCense focuses on three critical programs in the Madurai district, targeting screening, intervention, and management of metabolic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and associated comorbidities. 

Over the next two years, the partnership plans to screen 100,000 individuals for diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.

Recently, AstraZeneca Pharma signed an MoU with Roche Diagnostics India to enhance diagnostic testing for breast cancer patients. 

The collaboration aims to streamline HER2 diagnostics and offer comprehensive training initiatives for pathologists and medical oncologists, ultimately improving treatment strategies for metastatic breast cancer patients in India.

Moreover, in July last year, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai introduced Total Lab Automation (TLA) powered by Roche Diagnostics, aimed at enhancing patient care through preventive healthcare measures. Total Lab Automation revolutionizes traditional laboratory processes, resulting in faster and more reliable test results, thus advancing healthcare delivery.


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