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Takeda San Francisco Enters Into A Sponsored Research Agreement With University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)


9/21/2009 10:37:53 AM

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Takeda San Francisco, Inc. (TSF), a wholly owned subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, announced today that it has entered into a sponsored research collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco. The research program will focus on therapeutic antibody discovery and development to an undisclosed target. The agreement will solely support specific research conducted in the laboratory of Charles Craik, Ph.D., who will serve as the principal investigator for the project. This agreement enhances TSF's initiative to build a robust preclinical antibody therapeutics pipeline by leveraging the company's comprehensive and proprietary antibody technology platform and novel discovery, optimization and development technologies.

"We're pleased to work with Dr. Craik, who is a leader in the field of proteases associated with disease pathogenesis," said Dr. Mary Haak-Frendscho, President and CSO of TSF. "We believe this research will help enable the discovery and development of a novel antibody product candidate to preclinical proof of concept. It furthermore demonstrates our commitment to working with academic experts concerning the development of novel biologic targets for the treatment of disease."

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Limited.

Founded in 1781 and located in Osaka, Japan, Takeda is a research-based global company with its main focus on pharmaceuticals. As the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and one of the global leaders of the industry, Takeda is committed to striving toward better health for individuals and progress in medicine by developing superior pharmaceutical products. Additional information about Takeda is available through its corporate website, http://www.takeda.com.

UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. For further information, please visit www.ucsf.edu.

Takeda San Francisco, Inc.



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