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On the forefront of healthcare
change to turn innovatice
science into VALUE for patients, 
Astellas will continue to
commite tomeet the expectations
of stakeholders and society.

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What is Astellas?

Astellas is a pharmaceutical company that contributes to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. We continue to make an effort to satisfy unmet medical needs and conduct business in an honest and cooperative manner through free and open-minded communication with a view to improving global health.

Birth and origin of Astellas

In April 2005, two pharmaceutical companies, Yamanouchi and Fujisawa, were merged to form Astellas Pharma Inc. The companies were joined to realize an ambitious idea—the creation of a new company that would be fully competitive both in Japan and across the world. That ambition was realized, as today Astellas is a global company with a core business in prescription drugs.
"Astellas" is derived from the Greek word "aster," the Latin word "stella," and the English word "stellar," all meaning "star," and the name carries a meaning akin to "aspired stars" or "advanced stars." "Astellas" also draws on a Japanese phrase that translates as "illuminate tomorrow." This phrase expresses our commitment to develop as an R&D-oriented company focused on providing a healthier tomorrow for all through cutting-edge pharmaceuticals.