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Chugai and its Businesses

Q01When was Chugai founded?

The company was first established as Chugai Shinyaku Co., Ltd. in March 1925. 18 years later, in March 1943, the company was reorganized as a corporation based in Tokyo and assumed its present name as Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Q02What is Chugai's management policy and vision?

Chugai conducts business according to the highest standards while working to contribute to society by "Creating Innovative Drugs in Unique Ways." Our Mission Statement and Business Conduct Guidelines outline Chugai's approach to business.
The company established a Mid-Term Business Plan to align strategy through 2012.
Click below to view Chugai's Mission Statement, Business Conduct Guidelines or the Mid-Term Business Plan in more detail.

Q03What are the business risks for Chugai?

Chugai's performance is subject to major impact from a range of factors. Principal risk factors are related to new product development, market environment changes, side effects, changes within the medical/insurance system, intellectual property rights, our strategic alliance with Roche, and foreign exchange rate fluctuations. There are other risk factors as well. The Company will make every effort to prevent, minimize and respond appropriately to the risks it faces.
To learn more about the risks Chugai prepares for, click the link below.

Q04On which products and markets does Chugai focus?

Chugai is an R&D focused pharmaceutical company specializing in prescription drugs, especially biopharmaceuticals. Since entering into a strategic alliance with Roche in October 2002, Chugai has aggressively conducted R&D activities for prescription drugs as a key member of the Roche Group, both in Japan and overseas. Focusing particularly on the three areas of oncology, renal diseases and bone and joints diseases, Chugai aims to discover innovative drugs for both the Japanese and global markets.

A more detailed overview of Chugai's businesses is provided in the annual report.

Q05Tell me about Chugai's R&D.

Chugai's Research Division undertakes drug-discovery, focusing particularly on five strategic areas: oncology, renal diseases, bone and joint diseases, diabetes, and infectious diseases. Our research organization aims not just to achieve quantitative productivity—the discovery of a certain number of new compounds in a given period—but also to enhance our ability to create innovative medicines over time. To do this, we must increasingly be aware of -and where possible anticipate—developments that may affect the healthcare environment in which new medicines will be used. Accordingly, it is important to consider how existing therapies, the pharmaceutical market environment, the economics of healthcare, and other factors may evolve in the next 10 years. Our overriding goal is to continue developing innovative new therapies that address unmet medical needs and enhance patient well-being and quality of life.

To view our latest development pipeline, click the link below. Development status is updated quarterly in conjunction with financial reporting.

Q06Can you provide an overview of your parent company, Roche?

Since October 1, 2002, Chugai has been a member of the Roche Group.

Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is a leader in research-focused healthcare with combined strengths in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. Roche is the world's largest biotech company with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, virology, inflammation, metabolism and CNS. Roche is also the world leader in in-vitro diagnostics, tissue-based cancer diagnostics and a pioneer in diabetes management. Roche's personalised healthcare strategy aims at providing medicines and diagnostic tools that enable tangible improvements in the health, quality of life and survival of patients.
In 2008, Roche had over 80'000 employees worldwide and invested almost 9 billion Swiss francs in R&D.

Q07What is Chugai doing in terms of corporate governance?

Chugai is committed to continuously increase corporate value and respond appropriately and fairly to the requests of shareholders and other stakeholders. To fulfill this commitment, we have positioned the enhancement of corporate governance as an important management task and are building a system that emphasizes prompt decision-making, clarification of executive responsibilities, and management transparency.

Based on these concepts, Chugai has taken measures to strengthen functions of the Board of Directors and speed up its decision-making, such as optimizing the number of directors, nominating outside directors to check management from the stakeholder viewpoint, and introducing an executive officer system that aims at clarifying executive responsibilities. Furthermore, aiming at accurately responding to changes in global business environment as well as ensuring business deployment with a proper corporate attitude, the Chugai International Council (CIC) has been formed with specialists from various fields inside and outside Japan to provide advice for the management. Going forward, the Company will further pursue sound management and promote swifter decision-making, clarification of executive responsibility and enhancement of management transparency.
For more details, please visit the following site.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Q01What is Chugai's basic policy on corporate social responsibility (CSR)?

Chugai's mission centers on corporate social responsibility. We are dedicated to the creation of innovative medical products and services for the benefit of the medical community and human health around the world. We are committed to creating innovative pharmaceuticals by strategically allocating resources in the pursuit of innovation. In particular, we are focusing on unmet medical needs, where treatments remain insufficient, despite the pronounced needs of patients and medical professionals. Contributing to the health of people all over the world is the Group's ultimate social responsibility.

Moreover, the Group seeks to contribute to sustainable growth. To do so, Chugai is actively involved—globally and locally—in aggressively promoting measures to preserve the environment, such as those aimed at reducing global CO2 emissions.

More information on Chugai's performance can be found at the following link.

Q02How is Chugai working to prevent global warming?

Both our Mission Statement and Business Conduct Guidelines directly address protecting the global environment, and prevention of global warming is one of the most important aspect for environmental preservation.

The Chugai Group is taking concrete steps to prevent global warming. These include utilizing environment-friendly facilities, maximizing energy efficiency, adopting solar power, introducing hybrid vehicles throughout the fleet and purchasing Green Power Certificates.

More information on Chugai's effort to reduce CO2 emissions can be found at the following link.

Q03How does the Company protect animal welfare?

Research using laboratory animals to confirm the safety and efficacy of drugs is essential to the development of new pharmaceuticals that contribute dramatic improvements to human health.

In 1988, the Chugai Group established guidelines on how to treat laboratory animals in research. We have adhered to these ever since, conducting all animal testing in an ethical, scientifically sound manner. In periodically updating these guidelines, Chugai has consistently sought to apply practical ethical consideration to all animal testing in line with this basic philosophy: "Our animal experiments should be conducted with due attention to animal welfare along with scientific appropriateness. We will rear animals with affection, consider animal physiology, ecology and behavior, and take measures to minimize pain."

These Chugai initiatives have been evaluated by AAALAC International, a global independent evaluation organization. In 2007, the company obtained full accreditation as a result. Inspection by AAALAC International is repeated every three years, and Chugai will continue its efforts to ensure animal welfare.

More information on Chugai's effort to protect animal welfare can be found at the following link.

Q04What are some other ways in which Chugai is contributing to society?

Fully committed to being a good corporate citizen, the Chugai Group proactively advances social initiatives in line with its Business Conduct Guidelines. Some recent examples include sponsoring charity events, conducting activities to raise disease awareness, patient advocacy, donating patient transport vehicles to community welfare organizations, supporting teacher training, providing resources to sustain next-generation scientific technologies, and numerous local contributions conducted near the Company's sites.

More information on Chugai's effort to contribute to society can be found at the following link.

Financial Performance and Reporting

Q01When does the Company's fiscal year end?

The company reports on a calendar-year basis with a fiscal year-end of December 31.

Q02Where can I find information on the company's recent performance?

Quarterly results are available from the link below. The Events & Presentations website provides the schedule of results announcements.

Q03Where can I find information on the company's past performance?

Financial statements (income, balance sheet and cash flows), product sales, and key financial indicators for the past three years are available on the website. Other financial materials are also available for download.

Q04Does Chugai provide a forecast or earnings guidance?

These appear in the quarterly financial statements. In the event that performance is expected to differ materially from the forecast, Chugai may issue a press release, which can be viewed from the news section. Chugai can also notify you of releases via E-mail Alerts and RSS feeds. Click here for convenient registration.

Q05How is R&D investment changing?

Research and development expenses for the past five years are available in the Income Statement section. Please click here to view them.

Q06Can I find out what was covered in IR meetings and presentations?

The presentation materials and webcast are provided on the website. Click here to view them.

Q07How can I obtain IR materials?

Various IR materials are posted on the website. Please click here to view them.

Q08When will the next financial results be announced?

Please check the Events & Presentations section for IR schedules.

Q09Where can I find the Company's latest news?

The E-mail Alert service delivers the latest IR updates. We also provide RSS feeds.

Q10How do I contact the IR team?

You may contact us by phone, fax or online inquiries form. Please click here for details.

Chugai Shares

Q01On which stock exchange is Chugai listed and what is the ticker code?

Chugai's stock is listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange under the code 4519.
Chugai's stock was first listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in March 1956.

Q02What is the minimum trading unit of Chugai shares?

100 shares.

Q03When are the record dates for dividends?

Shareholders of record on June 30 and December 31 will be eligible for interim and year-end dividends, respectively. Interim dividends are typically paid in early September, and year-end dividends are usually paid following the Annual General Meeting of shareholders in March.

Q04When is the next Annual General Meeting of Shareholders?

The Annual General Meeting of Shareholders is held in March, following the close of the fiscal year in December.