TOKYO - Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503, President and CEO: Kenji Yasukawa, 'Astellas' ) and Kite, a Gilead Company (Nasdaq: GILD, President and CEO: John Milligan, 'Kite') today announced that an agreement has been completed for the transfer of certain Agensys research facilities in Santa Monica, California, USA, to Kite.
The asset transfer was completed on April 12, 2018. Additional financial information or further deal terms are not being disclosed.
The facilities transfer is part of the wind-down process of the Agensys research operations, as announced by Astellas on July 27, 2017. Additional wind-down activities were completed in the first quarter of calendar year 2018, following the Company's decision to further refine its oncology strategy by expanding its investment in the research in new technologies and modalities and reducing its focus on Antibody-Drug Conjugate (ADC) research, which was the core focus of work conducted at Agensys. Astellas will continue certain clinical trials and collaborations on some ADC programs that have been in progress at Agensys, including its collaboration with Seattle Genetics, Inc.
Astellas Pharma Inc., based in Tokyo, Japan, is a company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. We focus on Urology, Oncology, Immunology, Nephrology and Neuroscience as prioritized therapeutic areas while advancing new therapeutic areas and discovery research leveraging new technologies/modalities. We are also creating new value by combining internal capabilities and external expertise in the medical/healthcare business. Astellas is on the forefront of healthcare change to turn innovative science into value for patients.
About Gilead Sciences
Kite, a Gilead Company, is a biopharmaceutical company based in Santa Monica, California. Kite is engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor and T cell receptor engineered cell therapies.
Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases. Gilead has operations in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.
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