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Huons Lab and PanGen Biotech to develop denosumab biosimilar

On 20 April 2021, Korean pharmaceutical company, Huons Lab, announced the development of a denosumab biosimilar to treat osteoporosis. The company is working with PanGen Biotech and using their cell line culturing and purification technology.

PlantForm and partners in Brazil to develop pembrolizumab biosimilar

Canada-based PlantForm Corporation (PlantForm) have signed an agreement with partners in Brazil to develop a biosimilar of the cancer treatment pembrolizumab (Keytruda).

Biocon partners with Libbs for the sale of generics in Brazil

India-based biologicals specialist Biocon has formed an out-licensing agreement with Brazil-based company Libbs Farmaceutica for the sale of generic drugs in the country, marking Biocon’s entry into the Latin American market for generics.

New partnerships for Cipla and Samsung Bioepis

In March 2021, Cipla announced that its subsidiary, Cipla Gulf is expanding its partnership with Alvotech for the marketing and distribution of four biosimilar medicines in Australia and New Zealand. Samsung Bioepis also announced that it has signed a marketing partnership with Yuhan to launch its biosimilar of Humira (adalimumab), Adalloce, in South Korea.

Pfizer sells Chinese copy biologicals plant to WuXi Biologics

China-based WuXi Biologics announced on 17 March 2021 that it had made an agreement with Pfizer China to acquire its state-of-the-art biologicals manufacturing facilities as well as its labour force in Hangzhou, China.

Sandoz acquires GSK antibiotics and Perrigo generics sold to Altaris

In February 2021, Sandoz signed an agreement to acquire GSK’s cephalosporin antibiotics business. In March 2021, Perrigo Company sold their generic drug business to private investment firm, Altaris Capital Partners LLC. 

Biocon Biologics partners to improve global access to cancer treatments and insulin

In February 2021, Biocon Biologics joined forces with international organizations to improve access to cancer and diabetes treatments. The India-based biological subsidiary of Biocon, entered into an agreement with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to expand access to cancer biosimilars in over 30 countries in Africa and Asia as a part of the Cancer Access Partnership (CAP) [1]. In addition, they have become the first biosimilar insulin company to partner with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to promote and support the latter’s initiatives [2].

Korean biosimilars makers pipelines and expansion

Korean biosimilars makers have started conducting global clinical trials and are expanding into other markets with their biosimilars.

Innovent makes deal for bevacizumab copy biological in Indonesia

China-based Innovent Biologics (Innovent) announced on 19 January 2021 that it had made an agreement with PT Etana Biotechnologies Indonesia (Etana) to out-license the development and commercialization rights for its bevacizumab copy biological, Byvasda, in Indonesia to Etana.

Partnerships formed and extended between Isu Abxis/Pharmasyntez and Alvotech/Fuji Pharma

The South Korean company Isu Abxis will export technology for a rare blood disease treatment, a biosimilar of Soliris, to the Russian firm Pharmasyntez.

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