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Biocon partners with Libbs for the sale of generics in Brazil Posted 16/04/2021

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.

Biocon Pharma, a subsidiary of India-based biologicals specialist Biocon, announced on 29 March 2021 a partnership with Libbs Farmaceutica (Libbs) of Brazil. Through the partnership, Biocon aims to increase its share of the generic drug market in Latin America.

Biocon first started working with Libbs in 2017 for the launch of their trastuzumab similar in Brazil, where it became a market leader. Trastuzumab is a biological drug, sold under the brand name Herceptin by the originator firm, which is used to treat certain forms of breast and stomach cancer.

The new deal between the two companies relates specifically to generic drugs. Under the partnership, Biocon Pharma will be responsible for the development and manufacturing of generics, while Libbs will import, distribute and market the drugs in Brazil. All drugs will first need to be approved by the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, ANVISA).

Mr Siddharth Mittal, CEO and Managing Director of Biocon, said of the deal: ‘Expanding our association with Libbs Farmaceutica, a trusted partner, to our generic formulations, will help us establish a firm footing in Latin America, starting with Brazil’.

Mr Alcebíades de Mendonça Athayde Junior, Executive President of Libbs, added: ‘We will now continue making a difference in people’s lives with Biocon, with the goal to expand access to quality, safe and effective treatments to our patients’.

In other news for Biocon, the biologicals arm of the company recently partnered with a number of international organizations, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, to improve access to cancer and diabetes treatments worldwide [1]. Their own insulin aspart biosimilar Kixelle, developed with Mylan (now part of Viatris), was recently approved by the European Commission to be sold in the European Union [2].

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References
1. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Biocon Biologics partners to improve global access to cancer treatments and insulin [www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2021 Apr 16]. Available from: www.gabionline.net/Pharma-News/Biocon-Biologics-partners-to-improve-global-access-to-cancer-treatments-and-insulin 
2. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. EC approval for insulin aspart biosimilar Kixelle [www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2021 Apr 16]. Available from: www.gabionline.net/Biosimilars/News/EC-approval-for-insulin-aspart-biosimilar-Kixelle

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