In 2009, Actavis Group, one of world’s leading generic companies, established a JV with Aska Pharmaceutical, a Japanese pharmaceutical company, which is part of Takeda group, Japan’s largest pharma company.
Following that, Mr. Bolli Thoroddsen, former employee of Actavis, and Dr. Kaoru Nozu, former advisor of Actavis, who both were instrumental in creating the JV, decided with Mr. Takao Miyamoto, former management executive at two leading Japanese pharma companies Astellas and Kyowa Hakko Kirin, to establish together Takanawa Pharma. This is the first time Dr. Kaoru Nozu and Mr. Takao Miyamoto work together but they have been friends since they were students at the Pharma Science department of Kyoto University.
Above picture shows the signing ceremony of the JV between Aska and Actavis, taken at the Iceland Embassy in Japan. (Bolli Thoroddsen nr. 1 from right and Dr. Kaoru Nozu nr. 3. from right)