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Astellas, Daiichi Sankyo, and Takeda Announce Research Collaboration on Establishing Biomarker Database on Healthy Adults

Astellas Pharma Inc. (President and CEO: Yoshihiko Hatanaka; Headquarters: Tokyo; TSE: 4503; “Astellas”), Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited (President and CEO: Joji Nakayama; Headquarters: Tokyo; TSE: 4568; “Daiichi Sankyo”), and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (President and CEO: Christophe Weber; Headquarters: Osaka; TSE: 4502; “Takeda”) recently announced that they have entered into a joint research agreement. It is an agreement to comprehensively acquire and analyze fundamental biomarker*1 data on healthy adult volunteers in order to optimize and accelerate the development of innovative medicines.

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. and Astellas Pharma Join Forces to Leverage Novel Companion Diagnostic Tests for Targeted Cancer Treatments

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of the Roche Group, recently announced it has entered into master collaboration agreement with Astellas Pharma Inc., an R&D-driven global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan, to develop novel automated tissue diagnostics in support of therapeutic compounds in development.

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. and Astellas Pharma Join Forces to Leverage Novel Companion Diagnostic Tests for Targeted Cancer Treatments

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of the Roche Group, recently announced it has entered into master collaboration agreement with Astellas Pharma Inc., an R&D-driven global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan, to develop novel automated tissue diagnostics in support of therapeutic compounds in development.

QIAGEN Announces Broad Agreement With Astellas Pharma to Develop Companion Diagnostics

QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) recently announced a master collaboration agreement with Astellas Pharma Inc., an R&D-driven global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan, to develop and commercialize companion diagnostics paired with Astellas drugs for use in cancer and other diseases. The scope of the agreement is not restricted to certain sample types, platforms, indications or biomarkers, thereby giving Astellas access to QIAGEN’s development capabilities for assays based on PCR, NGS and multi-modal testing technologies using liquid and tissue biopsies. Two initial projects in the collaboration focus on oncology and aim to pair QIAGEN diagnostics with Astellas compounds in early-stage clinical trials: ASP5878, a fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) inhibitor, and ASP8273, an EGFR inhibitor. Financial terms were not disclosed.

FDA Accepts Supplemental New Drug Application for Tarceva (Erlotinib) Tablets for Genetically Distinct Form of Advanced Lung Cancer

Astellas Pharma US, Inc. (“Astellas”), a U.S. subsidiary of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. (Tokyo: 4503), recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for filing a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Tarceva® (erlotinib) for first-line use in people with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) activating mutations. The application has been granted Priority Review status, and an FDA decision is expected in the second quarter of 2013. A pre-market approval (PMA)
application for a companion diagnostic, the cobas® EGFR Mutation Test developed by Roche Molecular Diagnostics, has also been submitted to the FDA.