Amgen and Bushu Pharma Announce An Expanded Supply Chain Partnership Across Japan and Asia Pacfiic Region
November 9, 2021
Amgen Inc., Amgen K.K. and Bushu Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (“Bushu Pharma”), Amgen’s contract manufacturing organization (CMO), today announced the expanded Gateway-to-Asia partnership to four countries across the Asia Pacific region.
Since 2016, Bushu Pharma has been an integral part of Amgen’s business growth in Japan. The two companies have partnered together to assure pharmaceutical drug product supply continuity and quality excellence for Amgen patients in Japan. Further reinforcing the value of this great partnership, Amgen has awarded Bushu Pharma the expanded Gateway-to-Asia contract for supply in Amgen’s biggest markets with our most innovative products. These markets include China, Taiwan and South Korea for Repatha, Evenity, Prolia, and Xgeva. The decision is expected to double the current volume of Amgen products already going through the Bushu Pharma manufacturing and packaging facilities. The scope of the work under Bushu Pharma’s Gateway-to-Asia services will be to assemble, label, package and inspect the products for those markets. We expect first supplies from Bushu Pharma to commence within 2021.
Som Chattopadhyay, Vice President of Global Supply Chain of Amgen said, “Amgen awarded Bushu Pharma with its first contract, and we are extremely pleased to share a common mission of delivering safe, compliant and on-time medicines to patients. The partnership has grown over the years and we look forward to a long and trusted relationship. Amgen remains committed to serving patients across Japan, and the whole Asia-Pacific region with high-quality medicines and seamless supply chain processes.”
Tadao Takano, Chief Operational Officer and President at Bushu Pharma said, “We have built a strong partnership through successful launches of Amgen’s four innovative drugs (Repatha, Evenity, Blincyto, and Aimovig) in Japan and scaled production to match the growing patient needs. We are pleased to be able to further expand our partnership to the Asia Pacific region with the new Gateway-to-Asia services, enabling further effectiveness in importing bulk products to Japan for quality inspection, labeling, packaging and distributing them throughout Japan and the Asia Pacific region."
My Linh Kha, Amgen JAPAC Senior Vice President and General Manager, said, “The decision to award Bushu Pharma a packaging contract is further evidence of Amgen’s commitment to investing for growth in the Asia Pacific region. Partnering with Bushu Pharma will give us the additional packaging capacity necessary for us to serve patients across the region with improved quality and speed.”
About Amgen Inc.
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.
Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.
About Amgen K.K.
Amgen K.K. is a wholly owned Japanese affiliate of Amgen Inc., one of the largest independent biotechnology companies in the world. Amgen K.K., formerly Amgen Astellas BioPharma K.K., was established in October 2013 as joint venture between Amgen and Astellas Pharma Inc., and changed its corporate name when it became a wholly owned subsidiary of Amgen Inc. in April 2020. Under the mission, "To serve patients," Amgen K.K. focuses on the development of innovative medicines, and addressing severe unmet medical needs of patients in Japan by bringing Amgen's global pipelines, ranging from therapeutic areas such as cardiovascular, cancer, bone, inflammation and immunology through neurological diseases.
About Bushu Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Japan:
Bushu Pharma was established in August 1998 as an independent pharmaceutical contract manufacturer. Bushu Pharma, capitalized at 1 billion yen, carries out pharmaceutical drug product contract manufacturing and packaging of clinical trials and commercial products in accordance with the latest cGMP standards. Through the utilization of know-how and the latest industry information, Bushu Pharma prides itself in being able to offer added-value solutions to customers. For more information, visit www.bushu-pharma.com/en/ and www.bushu-pharma.com/en/services/scm/gateway-to-asia/.
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Amgen K.K. (Tokyo, Japan)
Bushu Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Japan)