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Alexion Sues Samsung over Proposed Eculizumab Biosimilar

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Alexion Pharma International Operations Ltd. (collectively, “Alexion”) filed a complaint on January 3, 2024, against Samsung Bioepis Co. Ltd. (“Samsung”) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, alleging infringement of 6 patents under the BPCIA based on Samsung’s submission of an aBLA for…

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FDA Approves LOQTORZI in All Lines of Treatment for Recurrent or Metastatic Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

On October 27, Coherus BioSciences, Inc. and Shanghai Junshi Biosciences Co., Ltd. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved LOQTORZI (toripalimab-tpzi) in combination with cisplatin and gemcitabine for the first-line treatment of adults with metastatic or recurrent locally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), and as monotherapy for the treatment…

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Scheduling Order Issued in REGENXBIO v. Sarepta Litigation

As we previously reported, REGENXBIO Inc. and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania filed suit in Delaware in June 2023 against Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc., Sarepta Therapeutics Three, LLC, and Catalent, Inc., alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 11,680,274 by Sarepta’s gene therapy product, ELEVIDYS (delandistrogene moxeparvovec-rokl).  Sarepta and Catalent each…

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Samsung Bioepis Files IPR Petition Challenging Regeneron Aflibercept Patent

On August 18, Samsung Bioepis Co., Ltd. (“Samsung Bioepis”), filed a petition for Inter Partes Review, IPR2023-01312, challenging the validity of claims 1-18 of U.S. Patent No. 10,464,992, assigned to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Regeneron”).  According to the petition, the ’992 patent claims “encompass a formulation comprising the VEGF inhibitor protein,…

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EMA Accepts MAA for Dong-A ST’s Ustekinumab Biosimilar

On July 14, Dong-A ST announced that the European Medicines Agency accepted its Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for DMB-3115, a biosimilar referencing STELARA (ustekinumab).  STELARA is approved for the treatment of plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. The MAA submission was based on the results of a…

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FDA Accepts BLA for Dr. Reddy’s Rituximab Biosimilar for Review

On July 12, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. (Dr. Reddy’s) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted for review its Biologics License Application (BLA) for DRL_RI, a biosimilar referencing RITUXAN (rituximab).  RITUXAN is currently FDA-approved for the treatment of adult patients with rheumatoid arthritis, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic…

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USPTO Extends Deadline for Comments on USPTO-FDA Collaboration Initiatives

On February 24, the USPTO extended the written comment period for Joint USPTO–FDA Collaboration Initiatives until March 10, 2023.  As we previously reported, the USPTO requested public input on areas for USPTO-FDA collaboration and engagement in response to President Biden’s Executive Order to “help ensure that the patent system, while incentivizing…

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Alvotech and Bioventure Announce Approval of ADALIMUMAB Biosimilar in Saudi Arabia

On January 24, Alvotech and Bioventure, a subsidiary of GlobalOne Healthcare Holding LLC, announced that the Saudi Food & Drug Authority has approved SIMLANDI, a biosimilar referencing HUMIRA (adalimumab), in Saudi Arabia. According to the press release, Bioventure is Alvotech’s exclusive strategic partner for the commercialization of SIMLANDI in the…

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