Welcome to the Big Molecule Watch!


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.

Election Day in the US

In observance of Election Day, Goodwin’s US offices are closed on Tuesday, November 3. We encourage everyone in our community to do their civic duty and vote. The BMW blog will be back on Wednesday, November 4.

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SomaLogic Announces Agreement with FDA to Identify Biomarkers for Therapeutic Biologics

Yesterday, SomaLogic, Inc. announced a new five-year agreement and collaboration with the FDA’s Division of Applied Regulatory Science to evaluate the utility of large-scale analysis of proteins for the identification of biomarkers that may be used to help demonstrate whether a proposed biosimilar is biosimilar to a reference product.  According…

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Q3 2020 Earnings Roundup: Biologics and Biosimilars Update

Below are some highlights from third quarter 2020 earnings reports recently released by biologics and biosimilars companies: Biogen reported a decrease in year over year (YoY) revenue of 6% to $3.4 billion, but a 13% increase to $208 million in biosimilar revenue.  It reported the following YoY revenue for each…

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Alvotech Announces Private Placement Financing

Yesterday, Alvotech announced that its parent company, Alvotech Holdings SA, completed a $65 million private placement round, which the company said is part of its $100 million private placement round with a second closing expected shortly.  Alvotech further reported that the $65 million financing resulted in the company issuing new…

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FDA Deferring Action on Spectrum’s ROLONTIS Application As A Result of COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions

On Monday, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals announced that the FDA was reportedly unable to conduct its required inspections of Spectrum’s Hanmi Bioplant due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that as a result, the FDA was deferring action on the company’s Biologics License Application for ROLONTIS (eflapegrastim) until the…

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Positive Results From Ustekinumab Biosimilar Phase I Trial and Infliximab Biosimilar Switching Studies

On October 20, 2020, NeuClone announced that it successfully completed its Phase I clinical trial of NeuLara, its proposed biosimilar of Stelara (ustekinumab).  According to Neuclone, the Phase I clinical trial demonstrated similar clinical pharmacokinetics, and safety, immunogenicity and tolerability profiles of NeuLara compared to US- and EU-sourced Stelara.  NeuLara…

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Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB Finding that Dupixent® Immunex Patent is Obvious

As previously reported, in February 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued final written decisions in two IPR proceedings initiated by Sanofi challenging the U.S. Patent No. 8,679,487 (the ’487 patent) owned by Immunex.  In IPR2017-01884, the Board held that the challenged claims of the ‘487 patent were unpatentable…

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Biosimilars Report On Biologics and Biosimilars Market in the United States Released This Week

This week, IQVIA released an independent report on its research into the current state of the biologics market in the United States. IQVIA, formerly Quintiles and IMS Health, Inc., is a contract research organization serving the combined industries of health information technology and clinical research. In an overview of the…

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