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Pfizer Acquires Biologics Company To Expand Its Oncology Pipeline

Last week, Pfizer announced that it will acquire Trillium Therapeutics, a clinical stage immune-oncology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Under the agreement, Pfizer reported that it “will acquire all outstanding shares of Trillium not already owned by Pfizer for an implied equity value of $2.26 billion, or $18.50 per share,…

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Bio-Thera Solutions and Hikma Pharmaceuticals Enters Into Ustekinumab Biosimilar Agreement

Last week, Bio-Thera Solutions and Hikma Pharmaceuticals announced they have entered into an exclusive commercialization and license agreement to commercialize the proposed ustekinumab biosimilar product, BAT2206. According to the press release, Bio-Thera will “maintain responsibility for development, manufacturing, and supply of BAT2206 [and] Hikma will have exclusive rights to commercialize…

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First Patient Dosed with Stelara® biosimilar in Bio-Thera Solutions’ Phase III Clinical Trial for Moderate to Severe Psoriasis

Last week, Bio-Thera Solutions announced that a first patient has been dosed in its Phase III clinical trial study for ustekinumab biosimilar BAT2206. Stelara® (ustekinumab) is marketed by Johnson & Johnson Corp. for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, active psoriatic arthritis, moderate to severe active Crohn’s disease…

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Biogen and Bio-Thera Solutions Announce Collaboration on Proposed Actemra® (Tocilizumab) Biosimilar

This month, Biogen and Bio-Thera announced a commercialization and license agreement for their proposed tocilizumab biosimilar, currently in Phase 3 trials for the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. BAT1806, a proposed biosimilar to Genentech’s ACTEMRA®, is an anti-interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor monoclonal antibody indicated primarily for moderate to severe…

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National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Issues New Set of Guidelines For Biosimilar Use

This month, a working group within the Pharmacy Directors Forum of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has reviewed and highlighted “some of the potential challenges regarding adopting biosimilars into clinical practice,” making “several recommendations for the safe and efficient use of biosimilar medications in the clinical setting.” The group…

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Enzene Biosciences Teriparatide Biosimilar Obtains Marketing Authoriation in India

Enzene Biosciences Ltd., located in Pune, India, has announced that it has obtained marketing authorization from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for its first biosimilar product in India. Enzene’s teriparatide biosimilar, indicated for the treatment of osteoporosis, will be marketed through Enzene’s holding company Alkem Laboratories, Ltd.

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Biocon Biologics Expands Access to Biosimilars In Over 30 Countries In Africa and Asia

Biocon Biologics, a subsidiary of Biocon, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to develop advanced cancer therapies for patients in 25 countries in Africa and 5 countries in Asia as part of the Cancer Access Partnership (CAP). According to the announcement, Biocon Biologics aims…

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