Takeda on Tuesday said that it plans to close its US office in Deerfield, Illinois, which employs just under 1000 employees, and move to the Boston area. Takeda spokeswoman Julia Ellwanger commented "this move, while difficult, will allow closer collaboration across Takeda to best position our future pipeline for success," adding "it will also simplify our existing Takeda US operations."
Ellwanger explained that the work performed at Takeda's Illinois site will be progressively transferred to Massachusetts after the drugmaker completes its planned takeover of Shire early next year. The spokeswoman noted that while the date of closure of the site is unclear, employees will be informed of their personal outcomes within six months after the Shire transaction is completed.
"If the Shire deal does not close, it would remain our intent to progressively consolidate from Deerfield into the greater Boston area," Ellwanger stated, adding that "the Deerfield closure will impact all employees who physically work out of the Deerfield site. It does not apply to field-based roles. " The spokeswoman further indicated that some employees at the Illinois site will be offered jobs in other locations without providing specifics.
Last year, sources reported  that as many as 600 people in the drugmaker's R&D unit and 150 people in the vaccines operation have been shifted from Illinois to Massachusetts.
Meanwhile, the news comes after the US Federal Trade Commission granted  unconditional clearance of Takeda's planned acquisition of Shire. Although some investors have criticised  the acquisition, the group failed to win support for a measure that would have required Takeda to receive advance shareholder approval for large deals.
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