Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited has completed its acquisition of Shire plc, becoming a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan.
Takeda now has an attractive, expanded geographic footprint and leading position in Japan and the U.S., bringing its highly-innovative medicines to approximately 80 countries/regions with dedicated employees worldwide. Takeda’s R&D efforts are focused on its four therapeutic areas of Oncology, Gastroenterology, Neuroscience and Rare Diseases, with targeted R&D investment also committed to Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. Takeda’s strengthened, highly innovative R&D engine enables the company to have a more global, robust and modality-diverse pipeline as well as to focus on breakthrough innovation.
“We are delighted that the acquisition was approved by an overwhelming majority of our shareholders at Takeda’s extraordinary general meeting. We are also pleased to have completed the acquisition several months earlier than expected, which was enabled through the hard work of our respective organizations and the smooth receipt of regulatory clearances,” said Christophe Weber, President and CEO of Takeda. “We appreciate the support of our employees, partners and shareholders throughout the process. This marks a significant moment in Takeda’s history and is an exciting step forward as we accelerate our transformation journey to deliver highly-innovative medicines to patients around the world with expanded scale and geographical footprint.”
Weber continued, “The execution of our integration begins today, and we are confident in our ability to execute a smooth integration under the leadership of our experienced and diverse Takeda Executive Team with a strong track record. The Operating Model we established in September last year has set a clear framework for our integration plans, and we have a highly skilled and dedicated integration team leading the process.”