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Takeda to Acquire IDM Pharma, Adding MEPACT(R) (Mifamurtide), the First Treatment Approved for Osteosarcoma in More Than 20 Years, to Its Oncology Franchise
Date:5/18/2009

OSAKA, Japan, and IRVINE, Calif., May 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502) and IDM Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: IDMI) today announced that Takeda America Holdings, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda (Takeda America), and IDM Pharma have entered into an agreement for Takeda America to acquire IDM Pharma. Takeda America has established Jade Subsidiary Corporation as a wholly-owned subsidiary to effect that transaction. Under the agreement, Takeda America will purchase all of IDM Pharma's outstanding shares for US$2.64 per share in an all cash tender offer followed by a merger.

Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, Takeda's business unit responsible for global oncology strategy and development, will have global development responsibility for MEPACT(R), IDM Pharma's primary asset, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals Europe Ltd. will be responsible for commercializing MEPACT in Europe.

IDM Pharma received European marketing approval for MEPACT (mifamurtide), a therapy indicated for the treatment of non-metastatic osteosarcoma (malignant bone cancer) following surgical removal of the tumor (resection) in children, adolescents and young adults. Osteosarcoma is a rare and often fatal disease, with approximately 1,200 new cases diagnosed in Europe each year. The disease affects primarily children and young adults. The European Commission formally granted a centralized marketing authorization for MEPACT on March 6, 2009, allowing it to be marketed in the 27 EU member states, as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

"MEPACT delivers a demonstrated survival advantage for young patients with a specific type of bone cancer and provides Takeda with an approved therapy that contributes immediately to our top-line growth," said Erich Brunn, CEO of Taked
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