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Gitte Aabo (Leo Pharma A/S)

Aabo, Gitte (Leo Pharma 201511 CEO)


Organisation Organisation Leo Pharma A/S
  Group Leo Pharma (Group)
Product Product dermatic

Leo Pharma A/S. (11/11/15). "Press Release: LEO Pharma to Acquire Global Dermatology Portfolio from Astellas". Ballerup.

LEO Pharma A/S, a global healthcare company dedicated to helping people achieve healthy skin, and Japanese pharmaceutical company Astellas Pharma Inc. today announced that they have entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement under which Astellas will transfer its global dermatology business to LEO Pharma for € 675 million.

Under the terms of the agreement, the assets and associated responsibilities relating to Astellas’ global portfolio of dermatology products – which include Protopic®, treatment for eczema, and other products for the treatment of acne and skin infection – will be transferred to LEO Pharma (except for Protopic® in Japan1).

The addition of Astellas’ dermatology products will extend LEO Pharma’s reach to millions of more people living with skin diseases.

LEO Pharma’s recent years of strengthening its global presence has created a strong foundation for the integration of global activities such as the dermatology portfolio from Astellas. The acquisition is a pivotal step on LEO Pharma’s further growth journey to become the preferred dermatology care partner in the world.

The transaction will be the largest in LEO Pharma’s more than 100-year history in terms of incremental turnover. Annual turnover is estimated to increase by more than 20% once the portfolio is fully transferred. With the agreement, LEO Pharma creates a strong foothold in markets such as China and Russia and adds critical scale in many other markets.

Today’s announcement demonstrates LEO Pharma’s commitment to its 2020 strategy. Internal innovation together with growth through acquisitions and partnerships serves to strengthen the company’s global position as a preferred partner in dermatology.

“This is a historic milestone for LEO Pharma and will be instrumental in our efforts to help even more people living with skin diseases. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to working closely with Astellas to ensure a seamless transfer of the portfolio,” said Gitte Aabo, CEO and President of LEO Pharma. “With our expanded portfolio, we will be able to offer patients an even wider range of treatment solutions to meet their individual needs. For LEO Pharma, leading in dermatology care is about making a real difference to people’s everyday lives.”

The Astellas dermatology portfolio comprises prescription and over-the-counter products, including established and strong brands such as Protopic® for eczema, Locoid® and Locobase® for skin care and Zineryt® for acne.

Yoshihiko Hatanaka, President and CEO of Astellas commented, “Astellas continuously considers its strategy and as a result, we reached this decision. We feel that dermatology patients around the world will be better served by transferring these products to LEO Pharma, a company with a strong focus on the dermatology therapeutic area. We are pleased to work with LEO Pharma to ensure smooth continuation of product supply around the world.”

The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including review and approval by competition authorities. The closing of this transaction is anticipated in the first quarter of 2016.

Following the closing, Astellas and LEO Pharma will work closely together to ensure a smooth and effective transition of the products and business to LEO Pharma. The transaction does not include any manufacturing facilities.

J.P. Morgan is acting as financial advisor, Kromann Reumert as legal advisor and PricewaterhouseCoopers as financial and tax due diligence adviser to LEO Pharma.


1. Not including Protopic® in Japan. Distribution rights for Protopic® are assigned to Maruho Co. Ltd.

About LEO Pharma

LEO Pharma helps people achieve healthy skin. By offering care solutions to patients in more than 100 countries globally, the company supports people in managing their skin conditions. Founded in 1908 and owned by the LEO Foundation, LEO Pharma has devoted decades of research and development to delivering products and solutions to people suffering from skin diseases. LEO Pharma is headquartered in Denmark and employs around 4,800 people worldwide. For more information, visit

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About Astellas

Astellas Pharma Inc., based in Tokyo, Japan, is a company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. We focus on Urology, Oncology, Immunology, Nephrology and Neuroscience as prioritized therapeutic areas while advancing new therapeutic areas and discovery research leveraging new technologies/modalities. We are also creating new value by combining internal capabilities and external expertise in the medical/healthcare business. Astellas is on the forefront of healthcare change to turn innovative science into value for patients. For more information, visit

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