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Fujifilm (FUJIY) Invests ??170M on TOKIWA-Bio's Tech-License

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FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation (FUJIY - Free Report) recently made a ¥170-million investment in Japan-based bioventure — TOKIWA-Bio, Inc. (TOKIWA-Bio) — in order to enhance its in-house renewing medicine products portfolio. The company intends to acquire TOKIWA-Bio’s transgenic technology with this investment.

Over the last three months, Fujifilm’s shares have yielded a return of 7.3%, as against 7.6% loss incurred by the industry.

The company is poised to grow on the back of strong innovation, strategic business acquisitions and efficient operations.

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Fujifilm’s U.S. subsidiary — Cellular Dynamics International, Inc. (“CDI”) — currently manages its iPS -cell related business. CDI supplies different types of iPS cell-resultant cells as well as other materials to many renowned pharmaceutical companies across the globe. It also creates its own regenerative medicine products and manufactures iPS cells for Fujifilm’s research purposes.  

TOKIWA-Bio discovers hands-on applications of therapeutic drugs based on advanced transgenic technologies. The company is currently applying its Stealth RNA Vector technology to create gene-therapy medicines for curing rare diseases. Moreover, TOKIWA-Bio is developing iPS cells and genetically-engineered cells for biopharmaceuticals.

Through the ¥170-million deal, Fujifilm will win TOKIWA-Bio's transgenic technology’s license, for its iPS cell research and production actions. Going forward, the company intends to discover unique iPS cell-derived distinguished cells and simultaneously expand its existing product lineup.

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Fujifilm currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Better-ranked stocks in the same space are listed below:

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