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Roche subsidiary Foundation Medicine opens new headquarters in Boston

Contemporary paintings by artists who have overcome homelessness or disabilities greet visitors in the lobby. Upstairs in the cafeteria, employees order lunches served by local restaurants, including barbecued pulled pork sandwiches from Pennypacker’s. On the top floor, workers can savor a panoramic view of the Seaport District and downtown Boston.

This is the new headquarters of Foundation Medicine, a biotechnology firm that is consolidating its 1,100 Massachusetts employees into a new 16-story brick masonry building at 400 Summer St. Foundation, established in 2010 and later acquired by the Swiss drug giant Roche, had workers scattered among four locations, including its former headquarters in Cambridge.


About 800 workers have moved into the 630,000-square-foot building, which is kitty-corner from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, with the remaining 300 expected to arrive by early next year. No one seems happier about the long-planned consolidation than Dan Malarek, a 17-year veteran of Roche who became Foundation’s chief executive in December.

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