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Astellas Named One of America’s Best Employers in 2015 by Forbes Magazine

NORTHBROOK, Ill., March 25, 2015 – Astellas, a leading pharmaceutical company based in Northbrook, Ill., has been named one of America’s Best Employers in the biotechnology industry by Forbes Magazine. The list is a first of its kind for Forbes, based on a survey of over 20,000 anonymous respondents from across the country.

“Astellas is constantly working to be an employer of choice for top talent around the world by providing first-rate benefits, flexible work hours and a unique, inviting and trust-centered culture,” said Collette Taylor, senior vice president, Human Resources and Facilities. “This recognition is reflective of our efforts to continually evaluate our culture and our dedication to attract, develop and retain key talent.”

Now in its 10th year, Astellas is a global pharmaceutical company specializing in developing medicines to help extend and improve the lives of people living with cancer, overactive bladder, lifesaving organ transplants and infectious diseases. Operating in more than 50 countries, with approximately 18,000 employees worldwide, the Astellas company culture is driven by both its therapeutic mission and its commitment to promoting the health and well-being of its employees and the community.

Astellas is able to ensure employees are engaged, excited and supported by offering benefits including its one-of-a-kind program, StarLife, which provides holistic support for employees in times of need. Additionally, the company provides volunteer time off, which allows employees to give back to their communities without worrying about missing a day in the office.

In 2014, Astellas’ commitment to holistic support of all employees and their families earned the company a perfect score on the Human Right’s Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking tool used to rate companies on policies and practices concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employee equality.

The independent study conducted by Forbes asked individuals how likely they are to recommend their employer. The data was compiled into a list of the top 500 employers across 27 different industries.

About Astellas

Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at You can also follow us on Twitter at @AstellasUS.

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