Astellas Transfers Compounds To DNDi For Drug Discovery In Chagas, Leishmaniasis and Sleeping Sickness
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
Astellas and other Japanese pharma have become more open to new partnerships that expand drug access, as well as their market footprint.
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GlaxoSmithKline R&D Chairman Moncef Slaoui tasked Sandy Macrae in 2008 to put together a group that would make sure GSK focused some of its R&D efforts on the needs of Asia Pacific and emerging markets. Since then, GSK's APJEM R&D - Asia Pacific, Japan, and Emerging Markets - has been busy pitching the company's established presence in emerging markets to companies looking to expand beyond traditional markets, and even some that aren't. Macrae's lean eight-person team has, in its approach to companies, said that while GSK is looking for later-stage molecules, the group is not opposed to licensing a compound for Asia while its partners pursue Western deals with another company (PharmAsia News, April 9, 2009).
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