Astellas Pharma (Japan)

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Astellas Pharma is one of Japan's leading pharmaceutical companies, now developing a growing international profile. Its top-selling product in 2015 was the prostate cancer treatment Xtandi (co-marketed by US company Medivation, acquired in 2016 by Pfizer). Other key products include Vesicare for over-active bladder and its successor Myrbetriq/Betmiga, and transplantation drug Prograf. It also owns lung cancer drug Tarceva, which is co-promoted by Roche/Genentech in Europe and the US. In its domestic market it has local rights to several well-known drugs including Pfizer's Lipitor, and AstraZeneca's Seroquel and Symbicort, and agreed a Japanese joint venture in 2013 with US biotech giant Amgen. Astellas Pharma was created in 2005 from the merger of two existing Japanese drug companies, Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical and Fujisawa Pharmaceutical. Revenues for year ending 2016 were approximately $11.4bn, incuding more than $2bn from Xtandi. Japan accounted for a little over a third of that total, but sales from the Americas and EMEA have doubled in five years and now represent more than half the total. Yoshihiko Hatanaka is CEO. Adbrands does not currently profile this company but subscribers may access account assignments and contact information. The searchable account assignments database is available to full subscribers to premium services. Click here to access Adbrands account assignments (subscribers only); or see here for information on how to subscribe.

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