May 02, 2019 - Sarah Lubeck
Founded in 1781 - five years after the Declaration of Independence was signed - Takeda Pharmaceuticals is not only one of the oldest, but also the largest pharma companies in the world. While the company is headquartered in Japan, it also has offices in Boston, and of course, San Diego.
This week, Takeda - and its 250 San Diego-based employees - opened its new 165,000 sq. ft office to the San Diego community. From an entrance way adorned with laser cut wood, to a common cafeteria serving up global delicacies to conference tables made from recycled Torrey Pines, Takeda California's new digs will give you a major case of office envy. But the real secret to the design of the building? Its collaborative meeting spaces, which were crafted to ensure that its scientists can work together to drive life-changing treatments and cures.
As David Weitz, head of Takeda California and global research externalization puts it, "There's a reason Takeda is in San Diego, and it's more than just the weather. We pride ourselves in collaborating with the community." Since its acquisition of Syrxx, Takeda California has been an institution in San Diego's biotech and life sciences community.
Today, Takeda California, an R&D powerhouse focused primarily on gastroenterology and neuroscience, also helps fund other endeavors in San Diego and beyond. In the last three years, Takeda Ventures has committed over $35 million in Southern California companies. In total, 50 percent of Takeda's research funding goes towards external partnerships.
Check out the video of Takeda's opening below from local drone photog, the aerial element.