2012 A Key Year For Astellas, Says New CEO Yoshihiko Hatanaka
Astellas is on the verge of significantly increasing its heretofore small presence in oncology in the U.S. and abroad as it, along with its partners, prepares to file one and possibly two NDAs, including for the promising prostate cancer treatment MDV3100.
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DOTW looks at Astellas’ oncology ambitions plus its recent split with partner Ambit, as well as analysis of Shire’s buyout of Premacure, AbbVie’s out-license of an anti-interleukin-13 antibody to Receptos and the Merck/Luminex collaboration on a companion diagnostic for Alzheimer’s disease.
Astellas aims to muscle in to a growing disease space dominated by muscarinic receptor agonists with its beta-3 agonist mirabegron (YM178) – but first it must get by an FDA advisory committee review.