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Astellas to Acquire Ocata Therapeutics

Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503, President and CEO: Yoshihiko Hatanaka, “Astellas“) and Ocata Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCAT, President and CEO: Paul Wotton, “Ocata“), a biotechnology company focused on the research and development of new therapies in the field of regenerative medicine, primarily cell therapy addressing unmet medical needs in ophthalmology patients, announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement. Under the agreement, Astellas will acquire Ocata through Laurel Acquisition Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astellas US Holding, Inc. (“Laurel“). The boards of directors of both Astellas and Ocata have unanimously approved the agreement.

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