Tagged as: FDA

Women’s History Month: Janet Woodcock

In honor of Women’s History Month, Big Molecule Watch will highlight the work of women who have contributed to the advancement of biologics and biosimilars. One such individual is Janet Woodcock, current acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and director for Drug Evaluation and Research, who has held a number…

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CytoImmune Therapeutics and Biosimilar Sciences US to Move Biotechnology Operations to Puerto Rico

With the support of the economic development organization Invest Puerto Rico, Biosimilar Solutions LLC announced that both it and CytoImmune Therapeutics will be establishing operations on the island to conduct biologics and cell therapy research and development. According to the press release, CytoImmune will relocate to Toa Baja and plans…

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Boehringer Ingelheim Files Citizen Petition Urging FDA to Address “Strength” Definition for Biosimilars, Citing Concerns Over Evergreening

On December 2, 2020, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. submitted a Citizen Petition to the FDA, requesting that it interpret the term “strength” in section 351(k) of the Public Health Service Act for parenteral solutions to mean “total drug content,” without regard to concentration.  Boehringer Ingelheim maintains that this correction would…

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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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FDA Accepts Application From Samsung Bioepis and Biogen For Lucentis® (ranibizumab) Biosimilar

Samsung Bioepis and Biogen issued a press release on November 18 announcing that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted for review their Biologics License Application for SB11, a proposed biosimilar of Lucentis® (ranibizumab). Ranibizumab is an anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) therapy used to treat retinal vascular disorders,…

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Genentech Sues Centus Over Proposed Bevacizumab Biosimilar

Yesterday, Genentech, Inc. filed a complaint in the Eastern District of Texas alleging that Centus Biotherapeutics, Ltd., Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics Co., Ltd., Fujifilm Corp., and Kyowa Kirin Co, Ltd. (collectively, Centus) proposed biosimilar to Genentech’s AVASTIN (bevacizumab) product infringes 10 U.S. patents.  Genentech’s complaint, styled as a Complaint for…

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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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