Genentech is a biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. It creates multiple products on the market and a development pipeline. The company became a member of the Roche Group in 2009. As part of their merger agreement, Roche and Genentech combined their pharmaceutical operations in the United States. Genentechâ€™s South San Francisco campus now serves as the headquarters for Roche pharmaceutical operations in the United States. Genentechâ€™s Research and Early Development section operates as an independent center within Roche. Genentech was founded in 1976 by [Robert Swanson](https://www.crunchbase.com/person/robert-a-swanson) and [Herbert Boyer](https://www.crunchbase.com/person/herbert-w-boyer). It is headquartered in South San Francisco, C.A.