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Mitsui & Co. Ltd. to Launch Investigational Drug Logistics Management Business

Nov. 11, 2010


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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui") (Head Office: Tokyo, Japan, President and CEO: Masami Iijima) will begin providing pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations (CRO) with full outsourcing services for the logistics management of investigational drugs at the clinical development stage (new medicine development process). Mitsui expects to begin operations in the spring of 2011. The new service will enable pharmaceutical companies to outsource all activities related to investigational drug storage and delivery, which until now had to be managed internally, and concentrate on their core business of new drug development.

Pharmaceutical companies traditionally have been required by ministerial ordinance to provide investigational drug storage and delivery (investigational drug logistics) on their own. With the amendment of the Ministerial Ordinance on Standards for Implementation of Clinical Studies on Drugs (GCP Ministerial Ordinance) by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in April 2008, transportation companies and other third parties are now permitted to deliver investigational drugs to medical institutions. Because shippers must adhere to the strict controls and quality demanded for the administration of investigational drugs, however, the outsourcing of investigational drug logistics has in fact not progressed very far. In its investigational drug logistics management business, Mitsui will cooperate closely with pharmaceutical industry-related firms to offer logistics services that are based on the strict quality control level demanded by the pharmaceutical industry.

When offering this service, Mitsui will utilize the storage facility operated by Tokyo International Air Cargo Terminal Ltd. ("TIACT", a wholly-owned Mitsui subsidiary) in the new international freight terminal at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), which opened for business on October 21. This is the first facility for investigational drugs to be established at an airport in Japan, and Mitsui has positioned Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) as its logistics hub for import and export of investigational drugs for clinical trials conducted in Japan and Asia. Mitsui will provide investigational drug logistics management services, including direct delivery, to medical institutions and other facilities throughout Japan and in other countries that conduct clinical trials.

As part of this business, Mitsui is working in cooperation with EPS Co., Ltd., Japan's leading CRO, and e-Trial Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of EPS, to develop the first investigational drug logistics management system in Japan. Mitsui will use this system to increase the efficiency of import/export shipment instructions and performance controls related to investigational drug logistics and to vastly improve logistics traceability (visibility and traceability).

Mitsui plans to support the promotion of clinical trials in Asia by Japan's pharmaceuticals companies in the future and will work to establish an investigational drug logistics network in Asia.

Tokyo International Air Cargo Terminal Ltd.

Head Office 2-6-3, Haneda Airport, Ota-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 144-0041
Established June, 2006
Capital JPY 2.4billion (as of October 1, 2010)
Employees 197 (as of October 1, 2010)
Business ·Establish, operate, and manage Tokyo International Air Cargo Terminal, and offer leasing services.
·Offer the following business services at the Tokyo International Air Cargo Terminal:

EPS Co., Ltd.

Head Office Tsuruya Bldg. 2-23 Shimomiyabi-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 162-0822
Established May, 2006
Capital JPY 1875.25Million
Employees 1301 (as of October 31, 2010)
Business ·Monitoring and other associated operations (IDMC)
·Clinical trials monitoring and data management

E-Trial Co., Ltd.

Head Office 2-1 Shimomiyabi-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 162-0822
Established March, 1991
Capital JPY 500Million
Employees 31 (as of October 31, 2010)
Business Development and sales of clinical trial related software

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications Division
Takatsugu Ohki
Telephone: +81-3-3285-7562
Facsimile: +81-3-3285-9819