Tagged as: Pfizer

Update on Arbutus mRNA Vaccine Patent Litigations

Last week, Arbutus Biopharma Corp. and Genevant Sciences GmbH (collectively, Arbutus) filed a complaint for patent infringement in the District of New Jersey against Pfizer, Inc. and BioNTech SE. Arbutus/Genevant allege that Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine and any COVID-19 mRNA LNP vaccine products infringe five Arbutus/Genevant patents “relating to nucleic acid-lipid…

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Q1 2022 Earnings Roundup: Biologics and Biosimilars Update

Below are some highlights from first quarter 2022 earnings reports recently released by biologics and biosimilars companies: Biogen:  Last week, Biogen reported total quarterly revenues of $2,532 million, and biosimilar revenue of $194 million decreased 5% versus the prior year.  As reflected by the assumption in the Company’s Full Year…

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Pfizer Files Lawsuit in Australia to Halt Sales of BRENZYS (etanercept)

Last week Pfizer filed a lawsuit in a federal court of Australia against respondents Samsung Bioepis, Merck, Sharp & Dohme, Organon, and Arrow, to halt sales of their biosimilar BRENZYS (etanercept).  Pfizer alleges that the respondents infringe Australian Patent No. 2005280034, titled “Production of polypeptides,” with claims directed to cell…

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FDA Approves Amneal’s ALYMSYS (bevacizumab-maly)

On April 13, 2022, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that the FDA approved its BLA for bevacizumab-maly, a biosimilar of Roche’s AVASTIN.  The product will be marketed under the proprietary name ALYMSYS and represents the third bevacizumab biosimilar approved in the U.S, following Pfizer’s ZIRABEV (bevacizumab-bvzr) in 2019 and Amgen’s MVASI…

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Amgen and Pfizer Developing More Interchangeable Biosimilars

In their respective third quarter financial results, Amgen and Pfizer both announced plans to seek interchangeable status for select biosimilars.  Amgen announced that patients are currently being enrolled in Phase 3 studies to support interchangeability designation in the U.S. for biosimilars of AMJEVITA (adalimumab) and ABP 654 (ustekinumab).  Pfizer also…

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Pfizer Acquires Biologics Company To Expand Its Oncology Pipeline

Last week, Pfizer announced that it will acquire Trillium Therapeutics, a clinical stage immune-oncology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Under the agreement, Pfizer reported that it “will acquire all outstanding shares of Trillium not already owned by Pfizer for an implied equity value of $2.26 billion, or $18.50 per share,…

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American Academy of Ophthalmology Pushes Back Against Bevacizumab Biosimilar Use in Treating Ophthalmic Conditions

On July 29, 2021, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) released a statement urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to prohibit Insurance companies from requiring ophthalmologists to use new biosimilar drugs as alternatives to Avastin for treatment in eye diseases.  The statement alleges that certain large healthcare…

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Amgen v. Hospira Pegfilgrastim Case Stayed Pending Potential Summary Judgment Practice

On June 16, 2021, the District Court for the District of Delaware issued a claim construction order construing a key term in the ongoing patent dispute between Amgen and Hospira over Hospira’s proposed biosimilar of Amgen’s Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim).  In the Order, the Court construed the term “between about 0.1 M…

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