Improvig Access to Diagnostics

Through this initiative, Roh aims to bring the same level of diagnostic care to cancer patients in every part of the world.

Bringing Digital Pathology to Remote Locations

The WHO warns that a “tidal wave” of cancer is looming on the global horizon, with low and middle-income countries increasingly bearing the brunt of it. Yet the vast majority of trained pathologists are located in developed countries, not in these areas of need. This is combined with a lack of specialist training as pathologists who practice in developing countries may not have access to a volume of difficult cases for study, the most current literature, or the advantage of sub-specialty training.

Ventana, a member of the Roche Group, is a leading provider of Digital Pathology solutions – the digitizing of tissue samples that pathologists normally view on glass slides through a microscope.

These “digital slides” which are stored in clouds, can be viewed, analyzed and shared with others, no matter where they live. This means that pathologists in developing countries can send a ‘scan’ of a patient’s sample to experts around the globe to get their help in the diagnosis.

This service enables:

    • Real-time collaboration for consultations and education across the globe
    • Expanded access to expertise and specialists from developed countries
    • Consistency in the evaluation of cancer markers
    • Improving access to advanced diagnostic and therapeutic expertise, helping to raise the standard of care for patients worldwide

Roche is working to develop innovative solutions, such as educational software to help train and teach the pathologists of the future, to improve the practice of pathology worldwide.


  • Roche International

    Works & Construction, Development Consulting
    Canada | Staff size: 501-1000

    Drawing on the knowledge and professionalism of its 1,500 employees, Roche Ltd, Consulting Group is now a major Canadian engineering-construction firm that was founded in La Malbaie, Quebec, in...

  • University of Miami

    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    The University of Miami is a private, nonsectarian university located in Coral Gables, Florida, United States. As of 2012, the university currently enrolls 15,613 students in 12 separate...

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension's mission is to help Nebraskans enhance their lives through research-based education. Extension is found throughout the state in 83 county offices that...

  • Ventana Medical Systems

    Goods Supplier
    Switzerland | Staff size: 251-500

    Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a member of the Roche Group, innovates and manufactures instruments and reagents that automate tissue processing and slide staining for cancer diagnostics. VENTANA...

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Key Information

LocationLatin America and Caribbean, United States, Kenya, Haiti, Canada, Cameroon, West Africa, North America, Eastern Africa
  • Start Date 2009