Genentech and Centus Notify Court of Settlement of Bevacizumab Litigation

On November 12, 2020, Genentech filed a complaint in the Eastern District of Texas alleging that the Centus Biotherapeutics, Ltd., Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics Co., Ltd., Fujifilm Corp., and Kyowa Kirin Co, Ltd. (collectively, Centus) proposed biosimilar to Genentech’s AVASTIN (bevacizumab) product infringes 10 U.S. patents. Yesterday, the parties filed a Joint Motion to Stay All Deadlines and Notice of Settlement.  The motion states that “[a]ll matters in controversy between the parties have been settled, in principle, and Genentech and Centus are in the process of preparing settlement documents.” The motion further states that the parties anticipate filing dismissal papers within 30 days.

Centus’s aBLA for bevacizumab is one of a number of bevacizumab aBLAs currently pending before the FDA.