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Big Molecule Watch will be posting updates and analyses on regulatory issues, litigation, legislation, and other news in the ever-developing world of biosimilars. The editors of this blog have collectively been watching and engaging with the world of biosimilars (“big molecules”) since before the inception of the biosimilar industry in the U.S., and we’re excited to share the observations of our active watch on this new forum.

If you’re looking for a primer on biologics, check out our background post introducing the world of biologics, biosimilars, and the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”).

We’ve also collected (and will continue to update) some reference documents that might be of interest to visitors of this blog—you can find them under the “Links” section to the right of this page.

Celltrion’s Trastuzumab Biosimilar Earns WHO Prequalification Status

Celltrion recently announced that its trastuzumab biosimilar, Herzuma, has met the World Health Organization’s (WHO) prequalification standards.  WHO prequalification status is based on an assessment of the quality, safety, and efficacy of a medicine and enables the recipient to participate in UN procurement tenders.  Herzuma has been commercially available in Europe since May 2018,…

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Genentech v. JHL case schedule extended

As we previously reported, Genentech and JHL Biotech reached a settlement agreement resolving the parties’ lawsuit regarding JHL’s alleged misappropriation of trade secrets relating to Genentech’s Rituxan® (rituximab), Herceptin® (trastuzumab), Avastin® (bevacizumab), and Pulmozyme® (dornase alfa) products.  However, the case continued against the four former Genentech employees as individual defendants, although…

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Centus Biotherapeutics Receives Positive Opinion for EQUIDACENT (Bevacizumab Biosimilar) in Europe

On July 23, 2020, Centus Biotherapeutics received a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) for EQUIDACENT, a biosimilar to AVASTIN (bevacizumab), intended for the treatment of carcinoma of the colon or rectum, breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, renal cell cancer,…

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EYLEA (Aflibercept) Biosimilar Development Updates (Part 2)

Regeneron’s EYLEA (aflibercept) was approved by the U.S. FDA on November 18, 2011 and is indicated for the treatment of patients with Neovascular (Wet) Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Macular Edema following Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO), Diabetic Macular Edema (DME), and Diabetic Retinopathy (DR). As previously reported, Momenta in collaboration with Mylan began…

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International Biosimilars Market Update

Yesterday, India-based Cadila Pharmaceuticals announced the launch of its bevacizumab biosimilar for the Indian market under the brand name BEVARO. Bevacizumab is a biosimilar of Genentech’s AVASTIN and is indicated for the treatment of multiple cancers, including ovarian cancer, glioblastoma multiforme, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer, and…

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