Astellas CEO Yasukawa On Gene Therapy Challenges, Deal Strategies
Keen Focus On Tech
Despite facing two clinical holds for its gene therapy candidates, Astellas is committed to proceeding with R&D projects in this modality. Outgoing CEO Kenji Yasukawa says technical challenges have motivated the firm's recent deals with academia and bioventures, and also provided updates on other key pipeline assets in the second part of this exclusive interview with Scrip.
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FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research saw IND clinical holds for gene and cell therapies dropped to 70 in calendar year 2022, a 52% decline from 2018. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s total clinical holds in fiscal year 2022 were 380, the highest number in the past 12 years.
Plus deals involving Ono/PeptiDream, Onconic/Livzon, Teijin/Novartis, Eisai/Biogen, Abbisko/Allist, Daewoong/M8, GC Biopharma/Catalyst and KYM Biosciences/AstraZeneca.
Keeping the company focus on launching innovating drugs, Astellas CEO Kenji Yasukawa talks in part one of this exclusive interview on how the Japanese firm transformed its R&D processes to allow more flexible and agile decision-making beyond the wall of multiple sections.