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Three years ago, Hoffmann-La Roche CEO and president George Abercrombie began to think seriously about what would happen if his company was unable to maintain operations in the case of a flu pandemic. As the only producer of Tamiflu, an anti-viral drug that helps treat flu symptoms, the inability of the Nutley, N.J.-based drug maker to conduct some semblance of business as usual would have dire consequences not only for Roche’s financials–it could also jeopardize the world’s ability to combat the outbreak. In fact, given the circumstances, Abercrombie realized his company would need not only to continue manufacturing, but Roche would have to run at top speed.

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