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Partnership between PlantForm and Guelph University for biosimilar trastuzumab

Canada-based PlantForm Corporation (PlantForm) announced on 3 March 2016 that it had been awarded a Collaborative Research and Development Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Oncobiologics and Premier make biosimilars deal

US biotechnology company Oncobiologics and healthcare performance improvement alliance Premier announced on 3 March 2016 that they had entered into a collaboration aimed at increasing the use of biosimilars.

Strides Shasun acquires Australian and Kenyan generics makers

India-based generics manufacturer Strides Shasun has increased its generics portfolio and presence across the globe with two new acquisitions.

Mylan to acquire Swedish drugmaker Meda

US generics manufacturer Mylan announced on 10 February 2016 that it had made a deal worth US$9.9 billion (for shares and debt) to buy Swedish drugmaker Meda.

Fuji Pharma gains rights to darbepoetin alfa biosimilar in Japan

Japan-based Fuji Pharma announced on 5 January 2016 that it had signed a license agreement with Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical (CKD Pharma). Under the agreement, Fuji Pharma has the exclusive rights in Japan for the development, manufacture, distribution and sale of CKD Pharma’s darbepoetin alfa biosimilar (CKD‑11101).

Mylan and Momenta to jointly develop and commercialize six biosimilar products

Mylan NV has agreed an exclusive global collaboration with Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc (Momenta) to develop, manufacture and commercialize six of Momenta's biosimilar candidates.

Eisai acquires Chinese generics maker

Japanese pharmaceutical company Eisai announced on 28 December 2015 that it had acquired Chinese generics maker Liaoning TianYi Biological Pharmaceutical.

Top 10 most read GaBI Online articles in 2015

It has been a hectic year for biosimilars.  One of the most important milestones for biosimilars in 2015 was the finalization by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of its regulatory guidelines for biosimilars. Other subjects of interest for biosimilars were the patent expiries of originator biologicals, clinical trials and extrapolation of indications. Biosimilars remain the hot topic for GaBI Online during 2015 and, in fact, all 10 of the most read articles concern biosimilars.

Teva and Takeda partner for generics in Japan

Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) and Japan-based Takeda Pharmaceutical (Takeda) announced on 30 November 2015 that they had made a partnership to provide generics in Japan.

Generic injectable prices stay high even after shortages resolved

Hospitals that have been struggling with shortages and subsequent high prices are now complaining that even after supply gets back to normal prices remain high. 

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