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Roche CEO: No appetite for expensive megadeals here

Not every drug chief wants to ride the wave of M&A sweeping through pharma. Example: Roche CEO Severin Schwan, who says he'll stay in the shallows.

GlaxoSmithKline's melanoma combo beats Roche's Zelboraf in Phase III

GlaxoSmithKline is touting stellar Phase III results for an in-development combo therapy for melanoma, saying its treatment beat out Roche's Zelboraf in overall survival and led independent advisers to recommend an early end for the study.

Roche's Ventana inks deal with Merck KGaA to develop companion Dx for cancer

Personalized medicine is the latest trend in companion diagnostics, and companies are teaming up to develop comprehensive tests based on a patient's biologic characteristics. Roche's Ventana Medical Systems sees potential in the field, and recently inked a deal with Germany's Merck KGaA to develop a companion diagnostic test for different cancer indications.

Roche is at an Alzheimer's crossroads after mixed data for AC Immune's drug

An Alzheimer's treatment from AC Immune and Genentech posted mixed results in a midstage study, missing its coprimary endpoints but performing well in patients with milder symptoms. That leaves Roche, Genentech's parent company, with a big decision to make on whether to take the plunge into Phase III.

Roche's Avastin up for another lift with fast-track cervical cancer review

Roche's cancer blockbuster Avastin has yet another shot at boosting sales. The FDA put Avastin up for priority review in cervical cancer, with a decision date of Oct. 24.

Roche and Exelixis herald a Phase III victory for their melanoma combo

Roche and biotech partner Exelixis say their melanoma-fighting combination therapy met its primary endpoint in Phase III, clearing the way for an FDA application and giving the latter company a boost in its share value.

Roche and Merck KGaA team on a multicancer companion diagnostic test

Roche's Ventana Medical Systems will develop a companion diagnostic test with Germany's Merck KGaA that can be used for many different cancer types.

Move by French government encourages docs to use Roche's Avastin over Lucentis

Roche's Avastin is often prescribed off label as a cheaper alternative to its Lucentis for treating wet age-related macular degeneration. Now French lawmakers are encouraging the practice as a way to save the country money.

France aims to save big bucks by subbing unapproved Avastin for eye drug Lucentis

In June, the Italian government said it would pay for Roche's cancer drug Avastin to be used to treat a blinding eye disease, in place of the company's far more expensive eye drug Lucentis. Now, France is following Italy's lead.

2013's 10 highest-paid Med Tech CEOs

With more M&A, product development and restructuring on the horizon, med tech CEOs have their work cut out for them in the coming year. But for now, here's the breakdown of what they took home in 2013.