Astellas Pharma’s strong employee culture an antidote to the current crisis

The company’s vice president of U.S. Communications Moyra Knight says, “We have an opportunity to set the tone for how our companies will emerge.”

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As the coronavirus continues to sweep the nation, there are companies hard at work ensuring that their customers and patients are still getting the resources and care they need for a host of medical issues not related to Covid-19. Astellas Pharma is one of those companies, providing patients with medicines for cancer, overactive bladder, organ transplants, cardiovascular issues, and more.

As vice president of communications for Astellas US, Moyra Knight’s team is helping to get the word out to employees, plus the patients, partners and other stakeholders, that Astellas is committed to their health and safety. It’s a formidable responsibility that brings its own rewards and unique challenges amid this crisis.

In this Q&A, Knight shares how Astellas is navigating the ever-changing health care landscape and how she and her team are crafting a productive and compassionate work-from-home strategy.

In addition to her five years with Astellas, which includes her current role as president of the Astellas Global Health Foundation, Knight has served as director of global community relations at Baxter and has held leadership roles at Ogilvy and Kraft Foods. From her home in the suburbs of Chicago, IL, she takes us through a week in the life of the Astellas communications team:


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