In order to achieve further growth, Astellas will need to identify business opportunities even more flexibly and efficiently than before. With this in mind, in its VISION, Astellas has established Focus Areas that reflect many different perspectives, without limiting itself to therapeutic areas, and has set out to find business opportunities in each of these areas.
Under Strategic Plan 2018, Astellas will evolve how it creates VALUE from the Therapeutic Area approach to the Focus Area approach. The goal of the Focus Area approach is to create innovative pharmaceuticals for diseases with high unmet medical needs by allocating management resources to fields that have been carefully narrowed from many different perspectives, including elucidation of pathophysiology through advances in science (biology) and the utilization of treatment modalities and technologies (modality/technology). Astellas will identify unique combinations of biology and modality/technology based on emerging science and translate this into innovative solutions for patients with high unmet medical needs through continuous efforts to ensure development progress and market access. By doing so, Astellas will continuously identify innovative new drug candidates as it upgrades and expands its development pipeline.
In order to promote the Focus Area approach, Astellas will establish research sites that incorporate outstanding external innovation and bolster collaboration with biotechnology startups and academia, based on the concepts of Best Science, Best Talent and Best Place. At the same time, Astellas will also focus on developing human resources with a discerning eye for innovative science.
Astellas will generate high-quality programs by promoting the Focus Area approach, which seeks to drive innovation by flexibly combining biology, modality/technology and disease, while constantly embracing innovative science.
Focus Area Approach (Research to Pre-POC)
Pipeline Assets Based on the Focus Area Approach