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Dr. Keith Wilson Named President and Chief Scientific Officer of Takeda San Diego

Wednesday, September 5, 2007 General News J E 4
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SAN DIEGO, Sept. 4 Takeda San Diego announced today thatKeith Wilson, Ph.D. has been named president and chief scientific officer(CSO). In this position, he is responsible for overseeing all activitiesrelated to Takeda San Diego, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited'sU.S.-based drug discovery company.

"Dr. Wilson has been an important part of Takeda San Diego for severalyears and brings a wealth of scientific excellence to Takeda," said ShigenoriOhkawa, Ph.D., general manager, pharmaceutical research division, TakedaPharmaceutical Company Limited. "His leadership has been instrumental infocusing the company on drug discovery and building the Takeda San Diegopipeline, and we look forward to his vital contributions in this new role."

Before being named president and CSO at Takeda San Diego, Dr. Wilsonserved dual roles as vice president of structural biology and vice presidentof business development. Prior to joining Takeda, he also spent a decade withVertex Pharmaceuticals co-leading drug discovery programs and significantalliance projects.

Dr. Wilson has formal training in protein X-ray crystallography, and has adoctorate degree in physics from the University of Oregon and a bachelor'sdegree in physics from Colby College, where he graduated magna cum laude andwas awarded the William A. Rogers prize in physics. Dr. Wilson is acontributing author on more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and co-inventorof six issued U.S. patents covering multiple drug candidates.

About Takeda San Diego, Inc.

Takeda San Diego is Takeda's first U.S.-based discovery researchoperation. Takeda San Diego achieves an advantage in drug discovery byleveraging its leading structural biology capabilities to determine the threedimensional structures of drug targets ahead of competitors and then usesthese structures to efficiently create best-in-class drug candidates to treatdiabetes, cancer, and other important diseases. Visit http://www.takedasd.comto learn more.

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Located in Osaka, Japan, Takeda is a research-based global company withits main focus on pharmaceuticals. As the largest pharmaceutical company inJapan and one of the global leaders of the industry, Takeda is committed tostriving toward better health for individuals and progress in medicine bydeveloping superior pharmaceutical products. Additional information aboutTakeda is available through its corporate website, http://www.takeda.com.

SOURCE Takeda Pharmaceuticals
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