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Taiho Pharmaceutical unveils data on 8 novel anticancer compounds

Data will showcase potentially first- or best-in-class compounds

DUBLIN, November 6, 2012 Taiho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (HQ: Tokyo, President: Masayuki Kobayashi), the developer of the first orally available fluorouracil (FU) Chemotherapeutic treatment (TS-1/S-1), is presenting early stage data for eight novel oncology compounds, including potential first-in-class therapies. The data being presented during the 24th EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics from November 6 9, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland underscore Taiho's steadfast commitment to improving cornerstone anti-metabolic cancer agents and developing novel molecular targeted therapies that can be used alone or in combination worldwide.

"The data being presented demonstrate Taiho's ability to develop novel molecular targeted agents as well as next generation cytotoxic therapies, and underscore our continued commitment to developing investigational anticancer drugs that have the potential to improve treatment options available to cancer patients," said Masayuki Kobayashi, Taiho Pharmaceutical's president. "Our strategy surrounding innovative research and clinical development reinforces Taiho's pursuit of becoming a top-ten oncology company in the next decade."

Rapid Advancement

Taiho established a foundation of innovative product development 50 years ago, and the Company is committed to achieving efficiencies to effectively yield rapid results. This commitment is best demonstrated by the recent movement of the TAS-102 antitumor agent through preclinical and clinical development. Preclinical results being presented at the EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium show that TAS-102 exhibited marked tumor growth delay after drug treatment due to FTD incorporation into DNA when evaluated using a well-recognized animal model for breast cancer, and a survival benefit in a colon cancer model.

A Phase II study of TAS-102, conducted in Japan, demonstrated an improvement in overall survival of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. Taiho took the encouraging results from this Phase II study and completed the required western Phase I studies to initiate a global Phase III program within a 15 month period.

Exploring New Treatment Options Alone and in Combination

Taiho has established a seamlessly connected research network, consisting of Tsukuba Research Center, Tokushima Research Center, the Taiho Clinical Development Center, and Taiho Pharma USA. The integrated network supports the discovery and development of numerous treatments. The Company's research achieves the highest standards of drug discovery by letting science guide its development path, and then applying modern technology and innovation to achieve that end. Investigational drugs stemming from this research are being examined as potential stand-alone products, or ones that can be used in combination with existing therapies to potentially enhance the safety and efficacy profile of current cancer options.

Highlights of the preclinical results of Taiho's investigational drugs being presented at the EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium include:

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About Taiho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Taiho Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd., is an R&D-driven specialty pharma focusing on the three fields of oncology, allergies and immunology, and urology. Its corporate philosophy takes the form of a pledge: "We strive to improve human health and contribute to a society enriched by smiles." In the field of oncology in particular, Taiho Pharmaceutical is known as a leading company in Japan and around the world for developing evidence-based medicines for the treatment of cancer. In areas other than oncology, as well, the company creates quality products that effectively treat medical conditions and can help improve people's quality of life. Always putting customers first, Taiho Pharmaceutical also aims to offer over-the-counter medicinal products that support people's efforts to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.

For more information about Taiho Pharmaceutical, please visit http://www.taiho.co.jp/english/

About Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd.

The Otsuka Group is a diversified healthcare group operating globally under the corporate philosophy "Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide." The Otsuka Group has business operations in 24 countries and regions around the world. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.otsuka.com/en/.



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