Singapore-based Prestige Biopharma (Prestige) has formed an agreement with Russian company Pharmapark to commercialize Prestige’s bevacizumab non-originator biological in Russia. Russian company Geropharm has also launched an insulin aspart non-originator biological on the market in the country.
The agreement between Prestige and Pharmapark was announced on 15 April 2021 and represents an exclusive partnership for the commercialization of Prestige’s bevacizumab non-originator biological, HD204, in Russia.
Bevacizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody. It inhibits angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels) by blocking the action of vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A). Bevacizumab can therefore slow the growth of new blood vessels in tumours and is used to treat various cancers, including colorectal, lung, breast, glioblastoma, kidney and ovarian.
HD204 is currently in phase III clinical trials, with patient recruitment ongoing. Phase I trials on the pharmacokinetics, safety and immunogenicity of HD204 compared to the originator product reported positive results. Under the agreement, Pharmapark will have exclusive rights to commercialize HD204 in Russia. Prestige will have responsibility for supply of the product from its manufacturing site in Osong, South Korea, although Pharmapark will have the option to manufacture the product in Russia.
This is not the first collaboration between the two companies. In 2019, Prestige formed a deal with Pharmapark for the supply of Prestige’s trastuzumab biosimilar, HD201, in Russia . HD201 was accepted for review by the European Medicines Agency in May 2019  and is to be distributed in Europe by UK-based firm Mundipharma .
Of the recent agreement, CEO of Prestige Lisa S Park commented: ‘We are very pleased to further extend our partnership with Pharmapark to commercialize our second biosimilar program in the Russian Federation. We are excited to bring another high-quality product to this key market with the ultimate goal to make the product available globally’.
Vyacheslav Lebedyansky, CEO of Pharmapark, added: ‘This extension to our existing partnership with Prestige BioPharma is another important milestone for Pharmapark allowing our company to bring vital and affordable medicines to Russian population in line with the Russian Pharma-2030 strategy. Bevacizumab biosimilar candidate will be an excellent addition to our growing biosimilar portfolio’.
In other news for the Russian biologicals market, Geropharm, which is headquartered in St Petersburg, recently launched their non-originator insulin aspart in the country.
At the end of 2020, Geropharm received registration for their insulin aspart non-originator biological, which has the brand name RinFast. The product will be sold in cartridges and pre-filled, multi-dose syringe pens. Rinfast is a copy of Novo Nordisk’s product, which was previously the only insulin aspart available in Russia.
The approval follows pharmacological, preclinical and clinical studies, which were partially supported by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade under the Pharmamed-2020 program. Sergey Tsyb, First Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, said: ‘The Pharmamed-2020 program gave a powerful impetus to the domestic pharmaceutical industry and actually helped to revive it. Today, manufacturers have accumulated enough competencies to further develop imported-independent medicines in the Russian Federation […]’.
‘For Geropharm, Russia is the home region, and we are focused on comprehensive solution of problems within the framework of the direction of diabetes here. This is the development and production of effective and safe medicines, as well as active participation in the social agenda […],’ said Peter Rodionov, CEO of Geropharm. ‘In the coming years, we will continue to develop a portfolio of insulins and increase the availability of analogues for Russian patients […],’ he added.
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