Ken Takeshita (Kite)

Kite de­vel­op­ment head Ken Takeshi­ta jumps to Dai­ichi Sankyo amid on­col­o­gy push

Months af­ter lead­ing Kite Phar­ma to a land­mark OK and es­tab­lish­ing the first-ever com­mer­cial CAR-T port­fo­lio, glob­al de­vel­op­ment head Ken Takeshi­ta vague­ly an­nounced he was leav­ing the helm for an­oth­er op­por­tu­ni­ty. Now we know what he’s been up to.

Takeshi­ta is jump­ing over to Dai­ichi Sankyo on April 1, where he’ll lead the com­pa­ny’s push to be­come an es­tab­lished on­col­o­gy play­er as glob­al head of R&D. He’s fill­ing the shoes of Ju­nichi Ko­ga, who’s re­tir­ing af­ter 12 years at the com­pa­ny.

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