Executive Producer's Statement

We often default to the idea that corporations are nothing more than faceless, self-serving entities. In fact, corporations are really groups of people who have ideas and ambitions and conflicts and dreams and, at the end of the day, a desire to see their work result in something meaningful. That's why we decided to create a documentary film about the research and clinical development behind Herceptin, the first targeted targeted biotechnology therapy for breast cancer. We thought it was a pretty incredible and unexpected story about the science as well as the people who committed themselves to bringing this new medicine to women in desperate need of hope. We initially intended for only Genentech employees to view the film. However, the reaction to the film from people inside and outside the company has been so enthusiastic it occurred to us that it might serve a useful purpose for a general audience.

That's why we decided to take a creative chance and face the potential skepticism that a corporation would or could tell an unvarnished story about itself. We believed the Herceptin story was worth those risks, since it is a story about a group of people with ideas and ambitions and conflicts and dreams who believed that if they just tried hard enough for long enough, they might possibly alleviate human suffering. By definition, groups of people are imperfect. But those who worked on Herceptin proved that the complexity -- indeed, that fantastic mess -- that simply comes with being human can sometimes result in something truly worthwhile.

Christine Castro, Executive Producer
March 25, 2010