March 13, 2018

SanBio Reaches Agreement on Manufacture of Regenerative Medicine Product SB623 with Hitachi Chemical

Tokyo, Japan, March 13, 2018—SanBio Group and Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. (Hitachi Chemical) jointly announced today that, through an agreement with Hitachi Chemical Advanced Therapeutics Solutions, LCC (HCATS; formerly PCT Cell Therapy Services, LLC), Hitachi Chemical’s U.S. subsidiary that engages in contract manufacturing and development of regenerative medicine products1, they will manufacture SB623, a proprietary regenerative medicine product under development by SanBio. Under the agreement, late stage clinical products and commercial products of SB623 for the US and Japanese markets will be manufactured using Hitachi Chemical’s global facilities.

SanBio and HCATS

(Left to right) Robert Preti, Phd, General Manager, Hitachi Chemical Regenerative Medicine Business Sector and CEO and President, Hitachi Chemical Advanced Therapeutics Solutions, LLC; Keita Mori, MBA, President, SanBio Co., Ltd and Co-CEO and Chairman, SanBio, Inc.; Hisashi Maruyama, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.

SanBio is developing and pursuing the rapid commercialization in Japan and the U.S. of its proprietary regenerative medicine product, SB623, as a new drug candidate for central nervous system disorders. Both the Phase 2b clinical trial of SB623 for the treatment of chronic motor deficit from ischemic stroke, which is being conducted in the U.S., and the Phase 2 global clinical trial of SB623 for the treatment of chronic motor deficit from traumatic brain injury (TBI), which is being conducted in Japan and the U.S., are progressing smoothly. Regarding the TBI program, based on the results of the Phase 2 clinical trial, SanBio intends to utilize the conditional and term-limited authorization system for regenerative medicine products under the Revised Pharmaceutical Affairs Act of Japan, allowing the company to deliver product in Japan earlier than in any other market in the world. 

In May 2017, Hitachi Chemical made HCATS (one of the leading contract manufacturing companies of regenerative medicine products in the US) a wholly owned subsidiary, and in April 2018, it plans to begin operation of its third global business base and one of Japan’s largest process development and contract manufacturing facilities in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. SanBio and HCATS reached an agreement on contract manufacture of SB623, because Hitachi Chemical has established a manufacturing facility in Japan that fulfills a broad range of requirements from the manufacture of investigational regenerative medicine agents2 to that of commercial regenerative medicine products3 by utilizing the production control systems and manufacturing equipment of the whole Hitachi Group companies. Hitachi Chemical aims to harness the contract manufacturing technology and know-how of HCATS to operate a contract manufacturing business of regenerative medicine products not only in Japan but globally, including North America and Europe. 

Keita Mori, CEO of SanBio said,

“We are delighted to have reached an agreement to work with the Hitachi Chemical Group as our long-term SB623 supply partner. They are a world leader in the fields of healthcare, high technology, consumer, and other products with a reputation for quality and reliability. Their global reach will not only enable us to serve Japan and the U.S. but potentially other worldwide regenerative medicine markets.”

“We look forward to meeting the global development and manufacturing requirements for SB623, for the benefit of patients with central nervous system disorders,” said Robert A. Preti, PhD, General Manager of the Hitachi Chemical Regenerative Medicine Business Sector and CEO of HCATS. “This agreement demonstrates the advantages and multinational reach of HCATS’s globally harmonized PCT services platform, as it will leverage our capabilities for contract manufacturing of regenerative medicine products both in Japan (Yokohama) and the US (New Jersey and California).”

1 Products used for the prevention or treatment of disease, made from the cells of humans or animals that have been processed in some way, such as culturing.

2 Manufacture of agents under development used in clinical trials to evaluate therapeutic effects prior to approval by regulatory agencies such as the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a pharmaceutical product.

3 Manufacture of products approved for commercial sale by regulatory agencies such as MHLW and FDA.

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SanBio is a leading regenerative medical products company headquartered in Tokyo and Mountain View, California, with cell-based products in various stages of research, development and clinical trials. The company has completed enrollment for and is conducting a Phase 2b clinical trial for its proprietary regenerative medical product SB623 for the treatment of chronic motor impairments resulting from stroke with its joint development partner, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc., an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd., in the United States and Canada. It is also conducting a Phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of SB623 to treat impairments resulting from traumatic brain injury. Enrollment for that trial is close to complete. More information about SanBio, Inc., is available at

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Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. (TSE:4217), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers a wide range of innovative products, such as electronic materials, automobile parts, energy storage devices and systems, in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2017) totaled 554 billion yen ($4.9 billion). For more information on Hitachi Chemical, please visit the company’s website at

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PCT is the global cell therapy manufacturing and development service platform of the Hitachi Chemical Regenerative Medicine Business Sector, leveraging nearly two decades of PCT platform experience exclusively focused on the cell therapy industry. The PCT Service Platform includes contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) services at current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) standards, including clinical manufacturing, commercial manufacturing, and manufacturing development. Hitachi Chemical’s development and manufacturing facility in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, providing the PCT Platform, will begin full operation in April 2018 as the largest scale facility of its kind in Japan. U.S. facilities providing this service platform are already in operation in New Jersey and California. Hitachi Chemical Advanced Therapeutics Solutions, LLC (HCATS), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Chemical Company, Ltd. (Hitachi Chemical) representing Hitachi Chemical’s Regenerative Medicine Business Sector in the United States. More information about the PCT Services Platform is available at

For more information, contact:

SanBio Co., Ltd.
Management Administration

Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. (For inquiries in Japan)
Public and Investor Relations Group

Hitachi Chemical Advanced Therapeutics Solutions, LLC (For inquiries in the United States)
Eric Powers, Director, Marketing and Communications

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*This page may include mention of our past company names as it reflects content distributed in the past. The former companies Hitachi Chemical Advanced Therapeutics Solutions (HCATS, fomerly PCT or PCT Cell Therapy Services), apceth Biopharma GmbH, and Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. have been renamed Minaris Regenerative Medicine and are part of the Resonac Group.

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