Adolf W. Jann

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Person.png Adolf W. JannRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(banker, businessman)
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BornSeptember 22, 1911
DiedNovember 24, 1983 (Age 72)
NationalitySwiss
Alma materUniversity of Bern
About the Seveso chemical disaster at his Hoffmann La Roche plant: "Capitalism means progress, and progress can lead sometimes to some inconvenience." When he was asked what he thought about the children crying in the hospitals, he said "It is normal: the children weep when they are subject to injections"

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Dates unknown

Adolf Walter Jann was a Swiss banker and businessman[1][2]. He was general-director of the large bank UBS, then at Big Pharma Hoffmann-La Roche.

Hoffmann-La Roche

Jann was Chirman at the Big Pharma corporation Hoffmann-La Roche, who had several bestsellers, including Valium,Rohypnol and Mogadon.

Between 1965 and 1978, Roche expanded its business further into the spectrum of healthcare. Branching out into basic biomedical research, it was during this period that the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology in Nutley, USA, the Basel Institute for Immunology and the Nippon Research Center in Kamakura, Japan were established.[3]

Swiss–South African Association

In May 1956, Adolf Jann, then general director of the bank Union Bank of Switzerland, was the founding president of the Swiss–South African Association, to promote relations with South Africa. Politically, the association defended the Apartheid regime. Upon the foundation of the first Bantustan state, Transkei, the association lobbied the Swiss government to recognize the new state.[4]

Seveso Chemical Accident

Extract of interview with Hoffman-La Roche President Adolf Jann, having high faith in psychopharmaceuticals

The infamous Seveso disaster was an industrial accident that occurred on July 10, 1976, in a chemical manufacturing plant owned by La Roche, approximately 20 kilometres north of Milan in the Lombardy region of Italy. The incident resulted in the highest known exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) in residential populations.

When asked to comment in a television interview about Seveso, Dr. Adolph Jann, president of Hoffmann-La Roche, stated "Capitalism means progress, and progress can lead sometimes to some inconvenience." and when he was asked what he thought about the children crying in the hospitals, he said "It is normal: the children weep when they are subject to injections"[5]. In other interviews about the incident, he showed a cold, technocratic attitude towards the victims.[6]


 

Event Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)Description
Bilderberg/197123 April 197125 April 1971US
Vermont
Woodstock
Woodstock Inn
The 20th Bilderberg, 89 guests


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