Takeda Presents $1 Million Gift to the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT to Support Immuno-oncology Research

Cambridge, Mass. and Osaka, Japan

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited TSE: 4502 and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT today jointly announced that Takeda will support groundbreaking science in immuno-oncology at the Koch Institute. Over the next two years, the $1 million gift will help to build upon the research currently being conducted by the Institute to investigate the role of the immune response in cancer and develop potential novel treatments.

“Takeda embraces innovative science both inside and outside of our organization, and as part of our commitment to patients with cancer, we look to support academic institutions that are leading research in immuno-oncology,” said Christopher Arendt, Ph.D., Immunology Discovery Lead at Takeda. “We are encouraged by the groundbreaking work underway at the Koch Institute in immuno-oncology, which has been a priority area of focus for Takeda and arguably one of the most significant breakthroughs in cancer research over the last few years. The Koch Institute’s dedication to the convergence of life sciences and engineering offers unique opportunities to advance this exciting field.”

“The Koch Institute was created to promote the best in science and engineering to develop new approaches in the fight against cancer. Immuno-oncology is a major focus of our efforts, and we are grateful to Takeda for its support in this important area of research," said Tyler Jacks, Ph.D., Director, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.

Investigators at the Koch Institute are exploring the relationship between the immune system and cancer in animal models and human patients to improve immune responses to cancer. The Koch Institute works on the development of drug delivery tools, new methods for analyzing cellular immune responses and therapies based on engaging both the innate and the adaptive immune response, including therapeutic and preventative vaccines, as well as therapeutic antibodies through state-of-the art protein engineering methods.

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited TSE: 4502 is a global, R&D-driven pharmaceutical company committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to patients by translating science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses its research efforts on oncology, gastroenterology and central nervous system therapeutic areas. It also has specific development programs in specialty cardiovascular diseases as well as late-stage candidates for vaccines. Takeda conducts R&D both internally and with partners to stay at the leading edge of innovation. New innovative products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as its presence in emerging markets, fuel the growth of Takeda. More than 30,000 Takeda employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients, working with our partners in health care in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit http://www.takeda.com/news.

About the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

The Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, a National Cancer Institute-designated Basic Cancer Research Center, is the hub of cancer research on the MIT campus. Bringing together biologists, chemists, engineers, computer scientists, clinicians, and others in a state-of-the-art facility, the Koch Institute offers fresh perspectives and an interdisciplinary approach to advancing the fight against cancer. Working within the vibrant MIT research community and with external collaborators, including NCI-designated clinical cancer centers and biotech/pharma partners, the Koch Institute is dedicated to developing novel insights into cancer, as well as new tools and technologies to better detect, treat, and prevent the disease.

For more information about MIT’s Koch Institute, please visit http://ki.mit.edu.

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