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Japan-Based Kyowa Kirin Establishes Princeton, New Jersey, North America Headquarters

Kyowa Kirin, Inc., a Japan-based Global Specialty Pharmaceutical Company and affiliate of Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd., established its North America headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey. The project is expected to create 300 jobs.

The new 80,000-square-foot facility will include various functions that support all phases of the product life cycle including development, commercial and corporate functions, combining teams that used to be split across two New Jersey locations into one space, specially outfitted to foster the company's culture of collaboration and innovation.

"Bringing our teams into one shared location will enable us to work more collaboratively across the lifecycle as we focus on increasing our impact and work for patients and their families," said Kyowa Kirin North America President Steve Schaefer. "We designed the space with employee input, with the goal of creating a space that would suit the needs of a dynamically changing and growing workforce."

Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo–Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd. is a Japanese pharmaceutical and biotechnology company under Kirin Holdings. Kyowa has been steadily growing its market presence in North America since 2018 when it received approval from the U.S. Federal Drug Administration for the first of three first-in-class medicines it now markets in the United States. The company currently has a research facility located in La Jolla, California.

"From the start to finish, the design has been rooted in the Japanese idea of Wa, which is all about teams that work in sync or harmony. We want an environment that reflects those ideals and maximizes opportunities for each person to get involved and contribute to our success," noted Britt Byers, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, North America. "Throughout this two-year project, we regularly engaged employees to get input on design options and workplace policies. We looked at this move as an opportunity to rethink all aspects of our workplace and spur positive changes."

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