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Establishment of Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics

Joint-Venture of Fujifilm and Kyowa Hakko Kirin for the development, manufacturing and sales of biosimilars

27.03.2012

FUJIFILM Corporation (President and CEO Shigetaka Komori; hereinafter "Fujifilm") and Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. (President and CEO Nobuo Hanai; hereinafter "Kyowa Hakko Kirin") commenced business operations of the "FUJIFILM KYOWA KIRIN BIOLOGICS Co., Ltd." (President and CEO Hideaki Nomura; hereinafter "Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics"), a joint-venture for the development, manufacturing and sales of biosimilars.

Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics will merge Fujifilm's advanced production technology, quality control technology and analysis technology developed through its photographic film business over many years, with Kyowa Hakko Kirin's proprietary technologies and know-how, accumulated through its biopharmaceutical R&D and manufacturing, in order to create revolutionary production processes and to achieve cost reduction for biosimilars. The development and timely introduction of highly reliable, high-quality and cost-competitive biosimilars through this partnership will aim to obtain position as the market leader.

Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics will first focus on the development of the biosimilar of the fully human anti-TNF-α monoclonal antibody "adalimumab", a drug with high therapeutic effects for rheumatoid arthritis. After introducing the producing cell* already produced by Kyowa Hakko Kirin, Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics plans to start clinical trials in the beginning of 2013. It will then proceed with its development aiming for market introduction 4 to 5 years after the start of clinical trials. The company also plans to start clinical trials of 1 biosimilar every year after 2014.
Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics also intends to hold talks with other companies for sales collaboration of biosimilars.

  • * Cells for biosimilar production introduced with "adalimumab" genes, to be used for the production of "adalimumab" biosimilars.

< Outlines of FUJIFILM KYOWA KIRIN BIOLOGICS Co., Ltd. >

Company name

FUJIFILM KYOWA KIRIN BIOLOGICS Co., Ltd.

Location

Ohtemachi Building 9F, 1-6-1 Ohtemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8185, Japan

Start of operations

March 27, 2012

Paid-in capital

100 million yen (capitalization ratio Fujifilm: 50%; Kyowa Hakko Kirin: 50%)

Business description

Development, manufacturing and sales of biosimilars

Structure

President & CEO: Hideaki Nomura (from Kyowa Hakko Kirin)
Executive Vice President & COO: Makoto Kawaguchi (from Fujifilm)

Number of employees

27

URL

http://fujifilmkyowakirin-biologics.com/en/

For enquiries on information in this media release, contact:

<dt>Media Contact:</dt>

FUJIFILM Corporation
Corporate Public Relations Division
TEL: +81-3-6271-2000

Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications Department
TEL: +81-3-3282-1903

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