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Yoshindo and Lupin’s etanercept biosimilar completes trials Posted 23/03/2018

YL Biologics announced on 7 February 2018 that the global phase III trials of its etanercept biosimilar have been a success. YL Biologics is a joint venture of India’s Lupin Ltd and Japanese firm Yoshindo that was first announced in 2014 [1]. The etanercept biosimilar has met a successful outcome for rheumatoid arthritis treatment and hopes to compete for a share of the originator Enbrel’s global market of US$11 billion.

The randomized clinical trial was conducted in 11 countries over a 52-week period and included over 500 patients. It included 260 Japanese patients from 62 rheumatology clinics and was the first global rheumatoid arthritis trial of such scale to be carried out in Japan. Here, the YLB113 biosimilar’s efficacy and safety was compared with that of Amgen and Pfizer’s Enbrel and were shown to be similar.

The two companies have stated that they plan to apply for regulatory approval in the EU, India and Japan, in 2019. They also hope to apply for approval in the US in the years following this. In addition, they noted that together they remain committed to advancing their biotech R & D capabilities so that more patients across the world can access affordable, high quality biosimilars.

The YLB113 biosimilar is not the first etanercept biosimilar developed. There are competing biosimilars already approved and available across the globe [2-7].

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References
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