Tagged as: Tocilizumab

Genentech and Partners Voluntarily Dismiss IPR Appeals Related to Genentech’s ACTEMRA® (Tocilizumab)

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On February 12, 2024, Chugai, Genentech, and Hoffmann-La Roche filed a motion for voluntary dismissal of their appeals of the PTAB’s Final Written Decisions in IPR2022-00578 and IPR2022-00579.  The appeals concerned IPRs filed by Celltrion where the PTAB found all challenged claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,580,264 and 10,874,677 were…

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Biosimilar Regulatory Updates

Celltrion Submits BLA for Tocilizumab Biosimilar On January 28, 2024, Celltrion USA announced that it has completed submission of its application to the FDA for CT-P47, its proposed tocilizumab biosimilar.  CT-P47 references Genentech’s ACTEMRA, an interleukin 6 receptor antagonist indicated for adult rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic polyarthritis, and systemic juvenile…

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Year in Review: Top Regulatory Developments of 2023

As we kick off 2024, we reflect on regulatory developments in the biologics and biosimilars space in 2023.  Below are some of the top regulatory developments from 2023. FDA Approvals In 2023, there were 23 FDA approvals of Biologic License Applications, including for Vertex’s CASGEVY and Bluebird’s LYFGENIA, the first…

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Fresenius Kabi Launches TYENNE, The First Approved Tocilizumab Biosimilar In The European Union

On November 1, 2023, Fresenius Kabi announced the launch of its tocilizumab biosimilar TYENNE referencing ROACTEMRA (tocilizumab) in the European Union.  TYENNE is the first tocilizumab biosimilar available in Europe for the treatment of several inflammatory and immune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, giant cell arteritis, polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and…

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Genentech and Biogen File Joint Stipulation of Dismissal in BPCIA Litigation Regarding Tocilizumab

As we previously reported, in July 2023 Genentech, Inc., Hoffmann-LaRoche, Inc., and Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (collectively, “Genentech”) filed BPCIA litigation against Biogen MA Inc. and Bio-Thera Solutions, Ltd. in the District of Massachusetts, asserting that Biogen sought FDA approval “to commercialize ‘BIIB800,’ a proposed biosimilar to Genentech’s drug Actemra®…

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Biogen Announces FDA Approval of TOFIDENCE, a Tocilizumab Biosimilar Referencing ACTEMRA

On September 29, 2023, Biogen announced the FDA approval of TOFIDENCE (tocilizumab-bavi) intravenous formulation which is the first tocilizumab biosimilar approved by the FDA in the United States.  TOFIDENCE is approved for the treatment of moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA), polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (PJIA), and systemic juvenile…

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Update on Recent International Biosimilar Approvals

Approval of Fresenius Kabi’s Tocilizumab Biosimilar in the EU:  On September 19, 2023, Fresenius Kabi announced that the European Commission (EC) granted marketing authorization for TYENNE (tocilizumab), a biosimilar referencing Roche’s ROACTEMRA.  TYENNE is the first tocilizumab biosimilar approved in the EU.  TYENNE received approval for both subcutaneous (prefilled syringe…

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PTAB Issues Final Written Decisions Finding Claims of Tocilizumab-related Patents Invalid

On August 29, 2023, the PTAB issued final written decisions in IPR2022-00578 and IPR2022-00579, filed by Celltrion on two patents related to tocilizumab — U.S. Patent Nos. 8,580,264 and 10,874,677, owned by Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisa, Genentech, Inc, and Hoffmann La Roche, Inc.  The ’264 patent claims are directed to…

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Genentech Files BPCIA Complaint Against Biogen Regarding Tocilizumab

Yesterday, Genentech, Inc., Hoffmann-LaRoche, Inc., and Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (“Genentech”) filed BPCIA litigation against Biogen MA Inc. and Bio-Thera Solutions, Ltd. in the District of Massachusetts.  In its Complaint, Genentech asserts that Biogen is seeking FDA approval “to commercialize ‘BIIB800,’ a proposed biosimilar to Genentech’s drug Actemra® (tocilizumab).”  Genentech…

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Purple Book Updates

FDA’s Purple Book provides a searchable database of licensed biological products and includes the patent information provided to biosimilar applicants during the BPCIA patent dance.  Pursuant to a law enacted in late 2020, a reference product sponsor must provide patent information to FDA for listing in the Purple Book once…

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