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HLW Receives LA Business Council Award for Design of Agensys Cancer Research Laboratory

Project Recognized for Outstanding Architecture and Community Enhancement

LOS ANGELES, July 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — HLW International earned recognition for its design of the Agensys Cancer Research Laboratory in Santa Monica, California. Agensys, Inc. is an affiliate of Astellas Pharma. The Los Angeles Business Council recognized the project for “outstanding architecture and design that significantly enhances the Los Angeles community’s urban environment.” The project, which will be completed in 2013, garnered the 2013 Under Construction Award of Excellence.

“This research and development facility symbolizes the promise of better days for cancer patients and their families around the globe,” said Dr. Sef Kurstjens, President and CEO of Agensys, Inc.

The project is a state-of-the-art facility which helps fulfill Astellas’ mission of developing innovative pharmaceuticals for cancer patients with still unmet medical needs. It is targeted for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification.

The Agensys campus features a pedestrian pathway, a public cafe and a public sculpture garden showcasing art by local artists. New art will be rotated annually.

HLW’s design team included Steve Burton, AIA, Principal-in-Charge & Project Manager, David Swartz, AIA, Senior Project Architect, Carlie Campesi, Design Director – Science & Technology, and Stephanie Baca, Design Director – Interiors.

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About HLW International, LLP

Sustaining a successful practice for over 128 years, HLW International provides comprehensive architecture, planning, interior design, and engineering services on many high-profile projects located throughout the United States and around the world. HLW maintains a global presence with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, London, and Shanghai. The firm designs buildings and interior places for a diverse portfolio of clients ranging from broadcast and media, financial corporations, technology companies, academic institutions, and multi-family and mixed use buildings.

About Agensys, Inc. (an affiliate of Astellas Pharma, Inc.)

Agensys, Inc., an affiliate of Astellas Pharma Inc., specializes in therapeutic antibody research and development in cancer. Agensys began operations in Santa Monica in 1997, founded by oncologists at UCLA. In 2007, Astellas Pharma Inc. acquired Agensys with the plan to make it the center of the company’s antibody product discovery and development operations.

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