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Global Network

Research Network

Drug discovery research in Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. is implemented by a 3-stronghold structure, that is, Tokyo Research Park and Fuji Research Park in Japan and Kyowa Kirin Pharmaceutical Research, Inc. and these institutions work in concert with each other.
Kyowa Kirin Pharmaceutical Research strengthened coordination with La Jolla Institute for Immunology, which is an adjacent non-profitable research institute, and The University of California, San Diego and is engaged in upgrading and expanding product pipelines. Kyowa Kirin Pharmaceutical Research, Inc. focuses on drug discovery through internal research and several industry–academia collaborations, including its long standing partnership with La Jolla Institute for Immunology and The University of California, San Diego to enhance the company's product pipeline.

New era for translational research in drug discovery Open innovation through global industry-academia collaboration

Development Network

Our challenge to global development of novel drugs involves Asia, US and Europe and other regions keeping close communication between Headquarters in Tokyo, Kyowa Kirin Pharmaceutical Development, Inc. based in the US and UK, Kyowa Hakko Kirin Korea Co., Ltd. in Korea, Kyowa Hakko Kirin China Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (China). Of these, Kyowa Kirin Pharmaceutical Development Inc. consisting of offices in the US and in England leads drug development serving as a unified organization across the two regions, named “Western Development Organization” (WDO) to launch the novel drugs in the US and EU which are initially approved in Japan.
For global development products, we have introduced such project structure that promotes knowledge and experiences sharing across the development bases in Asia, US and EU. We plan and execute efficient and compliant drug developments to deliver innovative novel medicines to patients all over the world in a prompt manner.

Western Development Organization

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