Kenji Yasukawa (Astellas)

Astel­las snaps up mi­to­chon­dria-fo­cused biotech, beefs up drug dis­cov­ery in bud­get deal

Astel­las has shown it can go big when it sees some­thing it wants for the sprawl­ing R&D or­ga­ni­za­tion it’s build­ing, wa­ger­ing $3 bil­lion on gene ther­a­py up­start Au­dentes and $665 mil­lion on Xyphos Bio­sciences’ Park­er-backed CAR-T plat­form. But it can al­so go small. In its lat­est deal, the Japan­ese phar­ma is sub­sum­ing Nan­na Ther­a­peu­tics in­to its Eu­ro­pean unit for less than $15 mil­lion (£12 mil­lion).

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Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Durham, NC, USA