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Innovation over imitation: ‘Biobetter’ follow-on biologics

In an article by Xencor President and CEO Bassil Dahiyat, published in Pharmaceutical Executive on 4 November 2009, the development of ‘biobetter’ follow-on biologics (FOBs) — optimised versions of pioneer drugs that have improved pharmaceutical properties but carry only minor changes in structure — is discussed.

Bionomics of biosimilars – India’s next big cash cow?

As reported by Ms Nayantara Som in BioSpectrumIndia of 13 January 2010, biosimilars are said to be the next big cash cow for India. According to her, however, players have many knots to untangle before they can have a firm grip over the economics of the market.

Bionomics of biosimilars – Indian opportunities

As reported by Ms Nayantara Som in BioSpectrumIndia of 13 January 2010, biosimilars are said to be the next big cash cow for India. However, players have many knots to untangle before they can have a firm grip over the economics of the market.

Bionomics of biosimilars – EU and US markets not easy for India

As reported by Ms Nayantara Som in BioSpectrumIndia of 13 January 2010, biosimilars are said to be the next big cash cow for India. However, players have many knots to untangle before they can have a firm grip over the economics of the market, she warns.

Bionomics of biosimilars - Indian options for investors

As reported by Ms Nayantara Som in BioSpectrumIndia of 13 January 2010, biosimilars are said to be the next big cash cow for India. However, players have many knots to untangle before they can have a firm grip over the economics of the market.

Global Industry Analysts: Global biosimilars market to exceed US$2 billion by 2015

On 24 March 2010, Global Industry Analysts (GIA) announced the release of a new report, entitled ‘Biosimilars: A Global Strategic Business Report’

Biosimilars mean competition for biologic brands

The historic passage of two US healthcare reform bills on 21 March 2010, including a US Senate bill with an approval pathway for biosimilars, means biologic brands could see rivals replicate and market similar products, writes Mr Marc Iskowitz in Medical Marketing & Media. According to him, the new legislation, signed by US president Mr Barack Obama on 23 March 2010, lays out a series of requirements for the FDA to consider follow-on biologics (FOBs) applications.

12 years exclusivity workable for patients; not anticompetitive

On IPWatchdog.com Gene Quinn distinguishes facts from fiction about biosimilars.

Will there be unfair delays for the entry of biosimilars?

As pointed out by Managing Editor, Ms Maria Fabiana Jorge, in the Editorial of the Journal of Generic Medicines, Volume 6, Issue 4 of August 2009, countries around the world define the future pharmaceutical market, we must learn from the past to avoid making the same mistakes or falling into new ones. Unfortunately, the current system has serious flaws and it seems that we are moving towards creating others in the new one. It is essential that governments, the pharmaceutical industry and civil society throughout the world work closely to strike a better balance between innovation and access in the context of biotechnology medicines.

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