Roche Diabetes Care Signs Exclusive Agreement with Medtronic for Bluetooth Enabled Blood Glucose Meters

- Roche Diabetes Care will develop a special Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled blood glucose meter based on the new Accu-Chek Guide platform.

- This meter will be integrated with Medtronic's future BLE enabled insulin pump systems.

- The agreement covers all markets where the BLE enabled pumps will be commercialized.

BASEL, Switzerland, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that it has signed an exclusive partnership agreement with Medtronic plc. Under the terms of the agreement, Roche will develop a dedicated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled blood glucose monitoring meter that will communicate with Medtronic's future BLE enabled insulin pump systems. The new meter will be based on Roche's innovative Accu-Chek Guide platform and will be marketed under the name Accu-Chek Guide Link. The exclusive agreement covers all markets where future BLE enabled pumps will be commercialized.

The new Accu-Chek Guide platform offers advanced accuracy by delivering tight 10/10 accuracy for more reliable results(1). This is especially important for people with diabetes on insulin therapy, as reliable and accurate blood glucose measurements are instrumental in deriving the correct therapy decisions and insulin dosage.(2 )

"We are very excited about this partnership as it will grant people with diabetes broader access to our innovative and highly accurate blood glucose monitoring technology", says Marcel Gmünder, Global Head of Roche Diabetes Care. "Our partnership with Medtronic is an important next step in bringing our vision to life of helping people with diabetes worry less about their daily therapy routines and experience true relief."

References 1 Brazg R., et al. J Diabetes Sci Technol June 2016; Published online before print June 5, DOI: 10.1177/1932296816652902 | 2 Brazg R., et al. J Diabetes Sci Technol 2013;7:144-152 | 3 Ginsberg B., J Diabetes Sci Technol. Jul 2009;3(4):903-913.

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About Roche Diabetes CareRoche Diabetes Care is a pioneer in the development of blood glucose monitoring systems and a global leader for diabetes management systems and services. For more than 40 years, the Accu-Chek brand has been dedicated to enabling people with diabetes to live life as normally and actively as possible as well as to empowering healthcare professionals to manage their patients' condition in an optimal way. Today, the Accu-Chek portfolio offers people with diabetes and healthcare professionals innovative products and impactful solutions for convenient, efficient and effective diabetes management, spanning from blood glucose monitoring through information management to insulin delivery. The Accu-Chek brand encompasses blood glucose meters, insulin delivery systems, lancing devices, data management systems and education programs - contributing to an improved medical outcome.

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About Accu-Chek GuideThe Accu-Chek Guide system is Roche Diabetes Care's new generation of wireless blood glucose monitoring (BGM) systems, designed to respond to previously unmet needs of people with diabetes and their healthcare professionals. As such, it offers new features such as the exclusive, SmartPack spill-resistant strip vial and new test strip chemistry and design. Moreover, the system provides Bluetooth® low energy connectivity to the Accu-Chek Connect diabetes management app and online portal and offers reliable test results that exceed the new global ISO 15197:2013/EN ISO 15197:2015 accuracy standards(1,2).

(1.) Brazg RL, Klaff LJ, Sussmann, AM, Parkin: Accu-Chek Guide Blood Glucose Monitoring System Exceeds International Accuracy Standards, Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology 1-2, DOI: 10.1177/1932296816652902 (2) International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO 15197:2013. []

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