Kyowa Hakko USA Is New Distributor of Daiichi Fine Chemical Co.

January 22, 2009

New York, NY – Kyowa Hakko U.S.A., Inc.?Kyowa Hakko USA), the wholly owned subsidiary of Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., Ltd., (KYOWA) has announced it is the new distributor of Daiichi Fine Chemical Co., Ltd. (DFK) vitamins and other fine chemical products. Kyowa Hakko USA officially became the exclusive distributor in North America as of January 1, 2009. The products include DFK's Calcium Panthothenate, Pantethine, and Panthenol as well as other fine chemical products.

In 2007, Daiichi Fine Chemical Co., Ltd., formerly owned by Daiichi-Sankyo Co., Ltd. was acquired by KYOWA. As of January 1, Kyowa Hakko USA replaced Toyota Tsusho as the distributor of Daiichi Fine Chemical Co., Ltd. in North America. Kyowa has been selling amino acids and related products to North American customers through Kyowa Hakko USA, headquartered in New York City.

According to Charlie Kotani, president of Kyowa Hakko USA, KYOWA and DFK shared many of the same customers in the dietary supplement, cosmetic and feed ingredient markets. As a result, the decision was made to consolidate the product sales and marketing of both companies in North America under Kyowa Hakko USA.

About Kyowa Hakko USA, Inc.

KYOWA offers manufacturers and formulators one of the industry's most extensive lines of over 50 amino acids and related compounds, including D-Amino acids and branched-chain amino acids, as well as nucleic acids, bio-products and fine chemicals. KYOWA also offers an array of branded ingredients including Cognizin® Citicoline, Kyowa CoQ10®, Lumistor® L-Hydroxyproline, Hydrafend™ Hyaluronic Acid, Setria® Glutathione and Sustamine™ L-Alanyl Glutamine.

About Daiichi Fine Chemical Co., Ltd.

Daiichi Fine Chemical Co., Ltd. is the world’s leading supplier of Calcium Pantothenate, Panthenol and other vitamin B5 products. It has a reputation for maintaining strict pharmaceutical GMP standards at the firm’s vertically integrated manufacturing facility in Japan. KYOWA acquired all shares of Daiichi Fine Chemical Co., Ltd. from Daiichi-Sankyo Co., Ltd. in 2007. As a wholly owned subsidiary in KYOWA, Daiichi Fine Chemical Co., Ltd. continues to supply highest quality vitamin B5 products. For more information visit

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