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Equillium Announces Interim Data Results for Patients Treated with Itolizumab in Acute GVHD Study; Plans to Study Itolizumab in Patients with Severe COVID-19

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On August 10, 2020, Equillium, Inc. announced its interim data for its study of itolizumab as a first-line treatment in patients with acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD).  GVHD is a multisystem disorder that is a common complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplants, and is the leading cause of non-relapse mortality…

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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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