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Japanese firms developing biosimilars

Japanese firms are definitely not dragging their heels when it comes to biosimilars. The latest agreement for biosimilar development involves LG Life Sciences (LGLS) and Mochida Pharmaceutical (Mochida), while joint venture Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics has announced it is to initiate development of a biosimilar version of bevacizumab.

Protalix plant-produced Enbrel biosimilar effective in preclinical models

Protalix Biotherapeutics reported preclinical data on pr-antiTNF, a biosimilar version of etanercept (Enbrel). Produced using the company's proprietary ProCellEx technology, pr-antiTNF is a plant cell–expressed recombinant fusion protein made from the soluble form of the human TNF receptor (TNFR), fused to the Fc component of a human antibody IgG1 domain. Pr-antiTNF has an identical amino acid sequence to Enbrel. In vitro and preclinical animal studies have demonstrated that pr-antiTNF exhibits similar activity to Enbrel. Specifically, pr-antiTNF binds TNF-alpha thereby inhibiting it from binding to cellular surface TNF receptors and protects L929 cells from TNF-induced apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner. In a proof-of-concept in vivo study using an established arthritis animal model, pr-antiTNF administered intraperitoneally significantly improved the clinical arthritis parameters associated with this accepted arthritis mouse model, including joint inflammation, swelling and tissue degradation. Data from the collagen-induced arthritis animal model studies are expected to be presented at an upcoming scientific conference.

Biosimilar EPO and infliximab, adalimumab get formal Japanese approval

As reported by Scrip on 21 January 2010, a large batch of new products has received final approval from Japan's ministry of health, labour and welfare, including a biosimilar erythropoietin. These and the other products given formal approval by the ministry received positive recommendations in November and December 2009.

EMA approval for rituximab biosimilar Truxima

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 16 December 2016 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for a rituximab biosimilar.

Benepali gains approval for extra indications

Samsung Bioepis, which is a joint venture between South Korean electronics giant Samsung and biotechnology company Biogen, announced on 16 December 2016 that the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) had adopted a positive opinion for the extension of indications for its etanercept biosimilar Benepali

EMA accepts application for pegfilgrastim biosimilar from Coherus

US-based biosimilars developer Coherus BioSciences (Coherus) announced on 29 November 2016 that its application for approval for its proposed pegfilgrastim biosimilar (CHS 1701) had been accepted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Bevacizumab biosimilar application submitted to EMA

Biotech giant Amgen and its partner Allergan announced on 2 December 2016 that they had submitted their application for approval for their proposed bevacizumab biosimilar (ABP 215) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The companies believe this submission is the first bevacizumab biosimilar application submitted to EMA.

Mylan and Biocon submit trastuzumab biosimilar to FDA

Generics giant Mylan Pharmaceuticals (Mylan) and Indian biosimilars major Biocon announced on 8 November 2016 that they had submitted the marketing application for their proposed trastuzumab biosimilar (Myl-1401O) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Teva and Celltrion to partner on biosimilars

Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) and South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion announced on 7 October 2016 that they had entered into an exclusive partnership for two of Celltrion’s monoclonal antibody biosimilars in the US and Canada.

Biosimilar rituximab approved in South Korea

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion announced on 17 November 2016 that the company had received approval for its rituximab biosimilar Truxima (CT-P10) from the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS, formerly the Korea Food and Drug Administration).

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