Fujifilm completes acquisition of Irvine Scientific

Written by Freya Leask

With the acquisition of Irvine Scientific US and Japan, Fujifilm aims to accelerate the development of highlight competitive cell culture media.

FUJIFILM Corporation has announced completion of the acquisition of Irvine Scientific Sales Company, Inc. (ISUS; CA, USA) and IS JAPAN CO.,LTD. (ISJ; Tokyo, Japan), leading companies in cell culture media, for about US$800 million on June 1 in the United States.

With the acquisition of ISUS and ISJ, Fujifilm will now be able to provide a broad product portfolio from biopharmaceuticals to in vitro fertilization and cell therapy, strengthening its global business in addition to expanding domestic business through strong sales network in Japan. Utilizing its advanced chemical synthesis and design capabilities cultivated in the photographic film business and the cell preparation and culturing technologies of its group companies such as Japan Tissue Engineering, FCDI and FDB, Fujifilm will accelerate the development of highly competitive cell culture media, supporting the further growth of its cell culture media business.

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To advance its growth strategies in the healthcare area, Fujifilm continues to invest in contract development and manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals and regenerative medicine. At FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies (FDB), manufacturing capacity for antibody drugs has been increased. FUJIFILM Cellular Dynamics (FCDI), a world-class developer and manufacturer of iPSCs technologies and know-how, is now a wholly owned subsidiary, and to enter the cell culture media business, Fujifilm acquired FUJIFILM Wako Pure Chemical, a leading reagent manufacturer.

By combining the Fujifilm Group’s biomedical-related technologies and products with the cell culture media technologies and products of ISUS and ISJ, the company will expand the contact development and manufacturing business for biopharmaceuticals and reagent business, and also accelerate research and development in the area of regenerative medicine.

Source: http://www.irvinesci.com/news/fujifilm-completes-acquisition-of-irvine-scientific-sales-company-and-is-ja