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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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July 29, 2010

New from OSI / Astellas

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Posted by Derek

When last we heard about the takeover of OSI by Astellas, everyone was standing around wondering what was going to happen. Some of that uncertainly seems, unfortunately, to be vanishing. A source tells me that the OSI people have been informed that their Ardsley headquarters and the Melville site on Long Island are to close. The fate of the Farmingdale site on LI is still unclear. Ardsley used to be where Purdue Pharma had a lot of people, and I don't think that OSI has been there that long, actually.

I've also heard that development staff at OSI have been told that they're being let go, but are free to re-apply to Astellas - that could mean several things, none of them particularly good, but that's all I have so far.

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1. Hap on July 29, 2010 11:35 AM writes...

Wow. The "you can reapply for your old job" bit is always endearing, like Satan Jr. practicing his moves before he moves up to the top spot. I hope there's a warm spot somewhere for the HR people who came up with that idea.

Why don't they ever do that with board members or CEOs?

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2. petros on July 29, 2010 1:47 PM writes...

What about the UK site (OSI (prosidion))?

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3. Ed on July 29, 2010 2:27 PM writes...


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4. Chemaniac on August 2, 2010 7:16 AM writes...

Well, it's official now. From the FiercePharma site:

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5. Anonymous on August 4, 2010 8:59 PM writes...

I'm surprised Roche didn't step in an kick Astellas to the curb. Hey, OSI has tarceva and others including a glucokinase activator that appears to be progressing. Remember where glucokinase activators originated??

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