Tagged as: biosimilar

Adalimumab Biosimilar Update: Shanghai Henlius Biotech’s Approval in China and Celltrion’s Positive Opinion in the EU

Last week, Shanghai Henlius Biotech announced that China’s National Medical Products Administration has approved its adalimumab biosimilar candidate for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and plaque psoriasis.  Henlius stated that this is its third biosimilar approval in China, following approval of its rituximab and trastuzumab biosimilar products. Celltrion…

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Biosimilar Market Updates: Samsung Biologics, Celltrion, and Alvotech

Samsung Biologics’ third quarter report disclosed that it had suspended its research and development of its SAIT101, a biosimilar of Rituxan.  As we previously reported, the rituximab product was being developed through Archigen Biotech, a joint venture with AstraZeneca.  According to a report in Korea Biomedical Review, a Samsung Biologics…

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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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Alvotech and DKSH Extend Partnership in Asia

Alvotech and DKSH recently announced an expansion of their strategic partnership to commercialize six new biosimilar candidates for the Asian markets.  The press release does not name the biosimilar candidates, but states that they “address[] multiple therapeutic areas.”  The companies previously entered into an exclusive license partnership for Alvotech’s adalimumab…

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Accord Healthcare has Launched Zercepac® (Trastuzumab) Biosimilar in the UK

Following approval by the European Commission in July, last week Accord Healthcare announced the launch of Zercepac® a biosimilar to Herceptin® in the United Kingdom.  According to the press release, Zercepac® is indicated for the treatment of certain patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer, HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer, and previously untreated…

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Health Canada Approves Merck’s Etanercept Biosimilar for New Indications

On September 15, 2020, Merck Canada Inc., an affiliate of Merck & Co., Inc., announced that Health Canada approved BRENZYS® (etanercept) for the following additional indications: Adult patients with chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis (PsO) who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy; Pediatric patients ages 4 to 17…

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AAM Renews Challenge to California’s Law Targeting Pharmaceutical Patent Infringement Settlements

On August 25, 2020, the Association for Accessible Medicines filed a new Complaint challenging California’s Assembly Bill 824 (“AB 824”).  Enacted in October 2019 and in effect as of January 1, 2020, AB 824 imposes a presumption of anticompetitive effect on certain agreements that involve generic or biosimilar manufacturers and…

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Bio-Thera Solutions and BeiGene Announce Agreement for the Rights to Bio-Thera’s Avastin Biosimilar BAT1706 in China

Last week, BeiGene and Bio-Thera Solutions announced that the companies had entered into a license, distribution, and supply agreement for BAT1706, Biothera’s Avastin® (bevacizumab) biosimilar, in China.  According to the announcement, Bio-Thera has agreed to grant BeiGene the right to develop, manufacture, and commercialize BAT1706 in China, Hong Kong, Macau,…

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Cadila Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Fourth Biosimilar in Two Months

Today, Cadila Pharmaceuticals announced the launch of its adalimumab biosimilar, Cadalimab™, in India. HUMIRA® (adalimumab) is approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriasis. Cadila’s press release noted that “[i]n an effort to strengthen their biosimilar product portfolio, Cadalimab™ is the fourth biosimilar launched in the last…

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