Otsuka’s Purpose as a Guiding light
the events of the last six months have undeniably changed the world in a way that no one could have predicted.
At otsuka, their purpose – defy limitation, so that others can too – acts as a north star as they navigate these new times. the company celebrates diversity and cultural acceptance and works to give equal voice and opportunity to all employees. “We understand that the powerful words of our purpose don’t simply relate to medicine or even healthcare,” states Kabir nath, president & Ceo, otsuka north America Pharmaceutical Business. rather, the statement is a testament to the company’s desire to help people overcome anything that stands in their way, including systemic racism. “We are better as a business because of the diversity of our people,” said nath. “our journey to support inclusion is not new; however, we can do more. We are focused on taking intentional, purposeful actions to improve inclusivity across our organization and the patient communities we serve.” Charlotte Jones-Burton, md, ms, vice president, clinical development in nephrology, is passionate about ensuring equity through otsuka’s business practices. “otsuka acknowledges the health disparities that exist amongst different racial and ethnic groups,” said dr. Jones-Burton. “We are beginning the important conversations around tailored efforts to address the needs of under-represented communities. unmet medical needs, clinical trial participation, and access to treatment are just a few of otsuka’s areas of focus.” otsuka’s entire leadership team is committed to implementing true and meaningful change. “our otsuka-people have never been more energized to come together to speak freely and exchange ideas to make a bigger, much broader impact,” said nath. “We cannot fix inequities in the patient world without starting with ourselves first. We must first work inside our own walls, to create sustainable opportunities for all.”