Navigation Links
Astellas Announces Retirement of Donald Rice and Appointment of Sef Kurstjens as CEO and President of Agensys, Inc.
Date:11/2/2010

TOKYO, Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Astellas Pharma Inc. ("Astellas"; headquarters: Tokyo; President and CEO: Masafumi Nogimori) announced that Donald B. Rice, PhD. will retire from Astellas Pharma Inc.'s affiliate Agensys, Inc. ("Agensys").  Sef Kurstjens, M.D., PhD. has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer and President.

Dr. Rice founded Agensys, Inc. (formerly UroGenesys, Inc.) in 1996.  The company, located in Santa Monica, CA, USA, was acquired by Astellas in December, 2007.  Under his guidance Agensys has become a world-class biotech company developing novel oncology products to help cancer patients. The company continues its work in oncology through the development of a pipeline of therapeutic fully human monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) to treat solid tumor cancers.

Dr. Kurstjens joins Agensys from Allergan Inc. where he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and Head, Global Drug Development.  Dr. Kurstjens has a strong track record of proven leadership experience in all aspects of clinical development and is well-positioned to successfully lead the company to the realization of its goal to improve patients' lives through a growing pipeline of clinical stage functional MAbs and antibody-drug conjugated products.  

A native of South Africa, Dr. Kurstjens received his advanced degrees in medicine and experimental physiology from University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg before practicing pediatrics in both South Africa and the United Kingdom. He entered the pharmaceutical industry in 1991 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in Pfizer Global Research and Development in both Europe and the US.  Prior to joining Allergan in 2007, Dr. Kurstjens served as Senior Vice President, Research and Development at Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

About Agensys

Agensys, Inc., an affiliate of Astellas Pharma Inc., is developing a pipeline of therapeutic fully human monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) to treat solid tumor cancers. The MAb product pipeline is generated by Agensys' diverse portfolio of proprietary, clinically relevant cancer targets that encompass 14 types of solid tumors. Agensys' target portfolio and related products are protected by a large patent estate. The company has full capabilities to generate, develop and manufacture antibody products. Agensys is progressing a pipeline of both naked and antibody-drug conjugated (ADC) therapeutic antibodies, directed at a variety of cancer indications, including those of the prostate, kidney, pancreas, ovary, bladder, lung, colon, breast and skin. ADC products are based on drug platform technologies developed by Seattle Genetics. Agensys is developing a growing pipeline of clinical stage functional MAbs and ADC products.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Astellas Pharma Inc.
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Astellas and Medivation Enter Into Worldwide Agreement to Co-Develop and Co-Commercialize MDV3100 for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer
2. Ironwood and Astellas Announce Japan Licensing Agreement for Linaclotide
3. Emerging Agents from Theravance/Astellas, Johnson & Johnson/Basilea and Forest/Astrazeneca/Takeda Will Drive Modest Growth in the MRSA Drug Market Through 2018
4. Ambit Biosciences and Astellas Enter Strategic Partnership to Research, Develop and Commercialize FLT3 Kinase Inhibitors in Multiple Indications
5. Astellas Announces Full Slate of Independent Director Nominees for Election at OSI Pharmaceuticals 2010 Annual Stockholders Meeting
6. Astellas Announces Successful Completion of Initial Tender Offer for Shares of OSI and Announces Subsequent Offer Period
7. Agensys, an Affiliate of Astellas, Announces Initiation of Phase I Clinical Trial of AGS-16M8F for Renal Cancer
8. Astellas Awards Scholarships to 12 Transplant Recipients and Donors Who Embody Hope, Courage and Achievement
9. Astellas Mobilizes 1,300+ Employees in the Americas to Participate in First Annual Changing Tomorrow Day
10. Although NeurogesX/Astellass Qutenza is Only Approved for Postherpetic Neuralgia, Surveyed U.S. Physicians are Likely to Prescribe It for All Neuropathic Pain Types
11. Dendreon Announces Publication of Phase 1 Study Highlighting Immunologic and Clinical Activity of Lapuleucel-T (Neuvenge(R)) in Advanced Breast Cancer Patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Research ... World Market for Companion Diagnostic Tests" report to their ... Market for Companion Diagnostics The World Market ... and personalized medicine diagnostics. Market analysis in the report includes ... Test Market (In Vitro Diagnostic Kits) by Region (N. America, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)...  MedSource announced today that it has selected ... of choice.  This latest decision demonstrates MedSource,s commitment ... clients by offering a state-of-the-art electronic data capture ... as the EDC platform of choice in exchange ... has long been a preferred EDC platform by ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced that ... PCT (procalcitonin) assay as a dedicated testing solution for ... clearance, Roche is the first IVD company in the ... risk assessment and management. PCT is a ... in blood can aid clinicians in assessing the risk ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements ... that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and ... main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Birmingham, Lake Orion, Clarkston, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... ... ... their direction with respect to fertility once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. ... for tolerable intercourse but they also require a comprehensive approach that can help ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to ... Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to ... fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Aliso Viejo, California (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... preset to fit their specific project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film ... all fully customizable and all within Final Cut Pro X . Simply select ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar Marathe earned his Bachelors ... Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal Medicine at Scripps Green ... hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had the opportunity to train ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):