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NIPPON KAYAKU and Eli Lilly Enter into Licensing Agreement of Necitumumab, a humanized anti EGFR Monoclonal Antibody, in JAPAN


Tokyo, Japan, April 22, 2019 - Nippon Kayaku Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Tokyo; President: Masanobu Suzuki; hereinafter referred to as “Nippon Kayaku”) and Eli Lilly and Company (Head Office: Indiana US ; Chairman and CEO: David A.Ricks ;hereinafter referred to as “Lilly”) today announced licensing agreement for the manufacturing and commercialization of Necitumumab in Japan.

Necitumumab is a recombinant human IgG1 monoclonal antibody that is designed to block the ligand binding site of human epidermal growth factor receptor 1 (EGFR). In Japan, Eli Lilly Japan (Head Office: Hyogo; Representative Director and President: Patrik Jonsson) has submitted an application for manufacturing and marketing approval to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

Nippon Kayaku currently sells 32 types of anti-cancer drugs, and is building a business foundation focusing on oncology. With a goal of early launch of this product, we expect to make a significant contribution to cancer patients, their families and medical professionals.

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