R&D, Workforce

Takeda will transfer 300 staffers to CRO in ongoing R&D overhaul

Takeda is continuing a major overhaul of its R&D organization, transferring 300 staffers to PRA, a global clinical research organization which will now take the lead on the pharma company’s development efforts.

In a deal that PRA Chief Executive Officer Colin Shannon called “the first of its kind in the CRO industry,” Takeda says that 300 employees in the U.S. and Europe will get a chance to take new jobs at the CRO. And PRA will now be responsible for a full pipeline of research programs, running from Phase I through Phase IV post-marketing studies.

The transfer includes regulatory, pharmacovigilance and other services covering development and marketed product portfolios.

For Takeda, the latest development follows a $725 million reorganization effort announced in late July. At the time, the company said it was reducing its R&D footprint to two key centers at Shonan, Japan and Boston, U.S. A third group will operate in San Diego as the company downsizes its efforts in the U.K.

This continues a reboot triggered by the new CEO at Takeda, Christophe Weber, who’s been sending shockwaves through the company, founded in 1781.

“This partnership is a fundamental part of Takeda’s R&D transformation and represents a truly innovative approach to clinical development, unprecedented in our industry,” said Andy Plump, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at Takeda. “PRA has a reputation for providing tailored sourcing solutions. We believe PRA will be an ideal partner as we focus, deliver and advance our current and future pipeline.”

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