Having an external mindset is a critical component of Takeda’s R&D strategy. In addition to the internal research conducted on site, there are a number of research activities underway through partnerships cemented with academia, industry partners and service providers. Since 2016, Takeda has committed $35 million to Southern California startup companies, underscoring its commitment to the active life sciences cluster in the San Diego and broader California area. Beyond its research activities, Takeda regularly engages with the local community, centering on three main themes: patient advocacy and healthcare, the environment, and children and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
“Our San Diego research site demonstrates the optimal balance between highly specialized internal research competencies and dedication to external partnerships both within the local community and on a global scale,” said Steve Hitchcock, Ph.D., Head of Research. “By consulting with and leveraging our relationships with industry partners and community groups, we are able to operate nimbly and efficiently to advance early discovery research that could potentially translate into transformative, life-changing therapies for patients in need, mirroring and supplementing our efforts in our other global research centers in Cambridge and Shonan.”