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Tadataka Yamada, M.D., Chief Medical & Scientific Officer of Takeda







Takeda’s top executives had frequently pointed to TAK-875 as one of their best shots at coming up with an important new approach to treating diabetes. The drug is designed to spur insulin secretion in the pancreas and Takeda had confidently projected an approval in Japan in 2015 with a follow-up approval in the big U.S. market a year or two later.

The termination of the high-profile program caused some anxiety among investors. Takeda’s shares plunged 8% on the loss as analysts wondered how the pharma company could counter the loss of Actos, a $3.7 billion drug that accounted for about a quarter of its revenue in 2011.

Takeda won an approval on a trio of DPP-4 diabetes drugs–Nesina (alogliptin) and two combos with alogliptin, dubbed Oseni and Kazano–at the beginning of the year. But Takeda suffered some big delays in gaining acceptance, a common fate in this field, where regulators are particularly cautious about new drugs. And Merck  had already solidified its lead in the DPP-4 market with Januvia whileOnglyza trailed closely behind it. Takeda had hoped that a combination of TAK-875 and Januvia could help regain some lost market territory–but that dream has clearly vanished as well.

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Takeda isn’t quite in the top 10 among global drugmakers, but the company boasts the 7th-largest pipeline in the industry, according to its presentation at the conference. Yamada noted that 31% of the pipeline assets are in late-stage trials. Millennium is leading development of three late-stage contenders, TAK-700 for prostate cancer, MLN9708 for multiple myeloma and MLN0002 for ulcerative colitis andCrohn’s disease.

In an effort to revive its diabetes franchise, Takeda is in the final stage of development for a first-of-a-kind GPR40 agonist called TAK-875, designed to provide glucose-dependent insulin secretion.

With a rich late-stage pipeline at Takeda, Yamada wants the company to focus on growing its ranks of earlier-stage drug candidates. To do this the company has landed a variety of deals, including the purchase of Intellikine for $310 million to acquire anti-cancer drugs and more recently the acquisition of Envoy Therapeutics last year for $140 million.

Takeda has formed a New Frontier Science group to scout out the hottest research in academia and elsewhere and form collaborations with scientists behind those innovations. At the J.P. Morgan conference, Yamada said, he was attending many meetings with members of the biotech community.

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (武田薬品工業株式会社 Takeda Yakuhin Kōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha?) is the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and Asia and a top 15 pharmaceutical company. The company has over 30,000 employees worldwide and achieved $16.2 billion USD in revenue during the 2012 fiscal year.[1] The company is focused on metabolic disordersgastroenterologyneurologyinflammation, as well asoncology through its independent subsidiary, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company.[2] Its headquarters is located in Chuo-kuOsaka, and it has an office in NihonbashiChuoTokyo.[3][4] In January 2012, Fortune Magazine ranked the Takeda Oncology Company as one the 100 best companies to work for in the United States.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals was founded on June 12, 1781 and was incorporated on January 29, 1925.

Takeda’s Japanese logo

In 1977, Takeda first entered the U.S. pharmaceutical market by developing a joint venture with Abbott Laboratories called TAP Pharmaceuticals.[5]Through TAP Pharmaceuticals, Takeda and Abbott launched the blockbusters Lupron (leuprolide) in 1985 and Prevacid (lansoprazole) in 1995.

One of the firm’s mainstay drugs is Actos, a compound in the thiazolidinedione class of drugs used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Launched in 1999, Actos has become the best-selling diabetes drug in the world with $4 billion USD in sales during the 2008 fiscal year.[6]

In February 2005, Takeda announced its acquisition of San Diego, California-based Syrrx, a company specializing in high-throughput X-ray crystallography, for $270 million.[7]

In February 2008, Takeda acquired the Japanese operations of Amgen and rights to a dozen of the California biotechnology company’s pipeline candidates for the Japanese market.[8]

In March 2008, Takeda and Abbott Laboratories announced plans to conclude their 30-year old joint venture, TAP Pharmaceuticals, that had over $3 billion in sales in its final year. The split resulted in Abbott acquiring U.S. rights to Lupron and the drug’s support staff. On the other hand, Takeda received rights to Prevacid and TAP’s pipeline candidates. The move also increased Takeda’s headcount by 3,000 employees.[9]

In April 2008, Takeda announced that it was acquiring Millennium Pharmaceuticals of CambridgeMassachusetts, a company specializing in cancerdrug research, for $8.8 billion. The acquisition brought in Velcade, a drug indicated for hematological malignancies, as well as a portfolio of pipeline candidates in the oncology, inflammation, and cardiovascular therapeutic areas. Millennium now operates as an independent subsidiary, serving as the global center of excellence in oncology under its new name: “Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company.” [10]

In May 2008, the company licensed non-exclusively the RNAi technology platform developed by Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, creating a potentially long-term partnership between the companies.[11]

On May 19, 2011, Takeda Pharmaceutical and Nycomed announced that Takeda will acquire Nycomed for  9.6 billion. The acquisition was completed by September 30, 2011.[12]

On April 11, 2012, Takeda Pharmaceutical and URL Pharma announced that Takeda will acquire URL Pharma for $800 million. The acquisition is expected to be completed within 60 days.

On 25 May 2012, Takeda announced the purchase of Brazilian pharmaceutical company Multilab by R$ 540 million.[13]

Takeda Midosuji Building, headquarters of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, inChuo-ku, Osaka, Japan

Takeda operates two primary bases in Japan in Osaka and Tokyo. Its United States subsidiary is based in Deerfield, Illinois, and all Global Operations outside of Japan and U.S. are based in Opfikon (Zurich), Switzerland. The company maintains research & development sites in Osaka and Tsukuba, Japan; San Diego andSan Francisco, United States; Cambridge, United Kingdom; and Singapore.[14]

The company has manufacturing facilities in Japan, China, Indonesia, Italy, and Ireland.[15] Following the Nycomed acquisition, the Takeda manufacturing sites have been extended with facilities in Argentina,Austria,Belgium,Brazil,Denmark, Estonia,Germany,Mexico,Norway and Poland. Takeda has overseas marketing presences in the U.S., UK, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore. It has recently[when?] announced its first foray into Canada, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, and Ireland.[15]



Some of the key products that Takeda produces on behalf of partners include:[16]



  1.  “Financial Results for Fiscal 2012” (PDF). Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. May 9, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  2. “Takeda Initiates Cardiovascular Outcomes Trial for Alogliptin, An Investigational Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes”. 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  3.  “FAQ.” Takeda Pharmaceutical Company. Retrieved on February 2, 2011. “Q : Where is Takeda located? A : The Head Office is located in Osaka, Japan, and the Tokyo Head Office is located in Tokyo, Japan.”
  4.  “Overview.” Takeda Pharmaceutical Company. Retrieved on February 2, 2011. “Headquarters Head Office 1-1, Doshomachi 4-chome, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-8645” and “Tokyo Head Office 12-10, Nihonbashi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8668”
  5.  “TAP Pharmaceutical Products, Inc.: Private Company Information – BusinessWeek”. 2008-04-30. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  6. Decker, Susan (2009-07-06). “Takeda Sues Torrent to Stop Generic Copy of Actos Diabetes Pill”. Bloomberg. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  7.  Somers, Terri (2005-02-08). “Japanese drug giant taking over Syrrx here | The San Diego Union-Tribune”. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  8.  “Takeda, Amgen in exclusive tie-up for Japanese market”. MarketWatch. 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  9.  Marrazzo, Amanda (2008-05-15). “Featured Articles From The Chicago Tribune”. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  10.  “MILLENNIUM: The Takeda Oncology Company | About Millennium | Our History”. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  11.  staff (2008-06-15). “Takeda Signs On as Alnylam’s Asian Partner for $150M Upfront”. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (print) (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.). p. 14.
  13.  Hirschler, Ben (May 25, 2012). “Farmacêutica Takeda comprará Multilab por até R$ 540 mi”Grupo Abril (in portuguese). Exame. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  14.  “Locations | Worldwide | Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited”. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  15.  “By Business | Worldwide | Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited”. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  16.  “Annual Reports | Investor Information | Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited”. Retrieved 2010-09-18.

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
Takeda-pharma 200x200.jpg
Native name 武田薬品工業株式会社
Type Public KK
Traded as
Industry Pharmaceuticals
Founded Doshomachi, Osaka, Japan (June 12, 1781)
Headquarters 1-1, Doshomachi Yonchome,Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan
Key people Yasuchika Hasegawa (President & CEO)
Revenue Increase ¥1,557,267 million (FY2012)[* 1]
Operating income Decrease ¥122,505 million (FY 2012)[* 1]
Net income Increase ¥131,244 million (FY 2012)[* 1]
Total assets Increase ¥3,955,599 million (FY 2012)[* 1]
Total equity Increase ¥2,223,359 million (FY 2012)[* 1]
Employees 30,481 (2012)
Website (Global website)

  1. “Financial Results for Fiscal 2012” (PDF). Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. May 9, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013.


The Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) Center is a global organization responsible for overall R&D activities ranging from chemical information on development candidates to the processes leading to “manufacturing” of pharmaceutical products.

The main sites are located in Osaka and consist of the following laboratories: the Chemical Development Laboratories in charge of R&D for developing the manufacturing methods of active pharmaceutical ingredients and the manufacturing of drug substances for clinical samples; the Pharmaceutical Technology R&D Laboratories in charge of R&D for dosage forms, manufacturing and packaging, as well as manufacturing of clinical samples; and the Analytical Development Laboratories in charge of R&D for the development of analytical methods and stability studies of clinical samples. In addition, Hikari Bio-Manufacturing Technology Laboratories is located in Hikari (Yamaguchi) and this is where antibody drug substances are manufactured.

As for overseas sites, the Cambridge Biologics CMC Group (Massachusetts) and the Chicago Pharmaceutical Science Group (Illinois) are located in the USA, while the CMC Center Europe is mainly located in Roskilde, Denmark. All research and development activities at Takeda are promoted with the cooperation of these sites.

List of Publications of Takeda Research Laboratories



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