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December 18, 2015

Launch of the Web Comic "The Story of Basic Immunology"

Tokyo, Japan, December 18th, 2015 --- Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd., (Tokyo 4151, CEO: Nobuo Hanai, "Kyowa Hakko Kirin") announced that it has launched a new web comic entitled "The Story of Basic Immunology" on its global website.

"The Story of Basic Immunology"

The web comic has been developed through a collaboration with the comic artist Ryo Koshino and the literary agency Cork Inc. (Tokyo, CEO: Yohei Sadoshima) under the editorial supervision of Leave a Nest Co., Ltd (Tokyo, President CEO: Yukihiro Maru). This comic uses the story of a researcher, Hajime Ushijima, to introduce how the human immune system works and the role of antibodies.

"Audiences can access all the episodes of this comic easily on their PC or smartphone," said Shigeru Morotomi, Executive Officer and Director of the Corporate Communications Department. "We hope that "The Story of Basic Immunology" will help readers to understand the immunology system, including therapeutic antibodies, and discover how science can be fun."

The Kyowa Hakko Kirin Group companies strive to contribute to the health and well-being of people around the world by creating new value through the pursuit of advances in life sciences and technologies.

About Ryo Koshino
Ryo Koshino was born in September 1967 in Sanjo City, Niigata Prefecture. His comic "N's Aoi (Nurse Aoi)" depicted issues in modern medicine and the struggles of a nurse. The comic became a huge success when it launched in 2004. It was serialized for over six years and was subsequently made into a TV drama series in 2006. His other major works include "Machi Isha* Jumbo!!" (Kodansha) and "Dr. Ashura" (Nihon Bungeisha). Currently he is writing "Ginko Shogai Tantosha** Haruo TAKENAKA" for the magazine "Shukan Gendai" (Shueisha).
* Machi Isha: Small Clinic Doctor
** Ginko Shogai Tantosha: Bank Manager

About Cork Inc.
Cork Inc., a Tokyo-based artist management and literary agency, co-develops new works with writers and artists, and then manages their intellectual properties globally through multiple media. Cork exclusively represents a growing catalog of titles that are immensely popular in Japan and Asia.

About Leave a Nest Co., Ltd
Leave a Nest Co., Ltd. started as a science venture company in June 2002 by 15 graduate science students. To resolve science graduate employment problems and the decline in interests for science among the younger generation, an in house training program for university students was developed and workshops in schools were also conducted. Today, we conduct more than 150 workshops per year throughout Japan. We also have a direct network with more than 100 companies, 2,000 teachers and 10,000 researchers. Together with our partners and supporting network, we aim to contribute to the world through Science and Technology by engaging in Science education, human resource training and research development projects.

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