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Galashiels-based drugs firm ProStrakan rebrands as Kyowa Kirin

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Borders-based drugs firm ProStrakan has been rebranded as Kyowa Kirin five years after it was acquired by a Japanese company.

The business, with its headquarters in Galashiels, was taken over by Tokyo-based Kyowa Hakko Kirin (KHK) in 2011.

For the past four years it has continued to operate under the ProStrakan name.

KHK decided to make the change in order to present a "consistent image across the world".

Dr Tom Stratford, chief executive of Kyowa Kirin International, said: "KHK's ambition is to grow a global pharmaceuticals business.

"The business is entering an exciting launch phase for its pipeline of near-to-market products and this is a logical time for the company to unify all of its operating companies under the Kyowa Kirin name across Asia, Europe and the US.

"We are proud of our heritage as ProStrakan and of the part we play in the KHK group."

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