Orion-CuraTeQ and Theramax-Enzene Biosciences partnerships

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In January 2022, Finnish company Orion Corporation and CuraTeQ Biologics, subsidiary of India’s Aurobindo Pharma, announced their European expansion to the Baltic countries. This follows the December 2021 announcement that the UK’s Theramex entered into an agreement with India’s Enzene Biosciences to develop, register and commercialize a biosimilar of Roche’s RoActemra® (tocilizumab).


Orion-CuraTeQ expansion
Under the terms of the agreement, Orion will now have the right to sell and market CuraTeQ’s biosimilars in the Nordic countries, the Baltic countries, Austria, Hungary and Slovenia. At the time of writing, all the products under the agreement were in development or regulatory phases with launches estimated between 2023–2026.

Orion has similar agreements with other companies, such as their agreement with Amgen to distribute Amgevita in Finland [1].

CuraTeQ has a growing portfolio of biosimilars approved and in development. In late 2021, the company submitted an application to the European Medicines Agency for its biosimilar to Amgen’s Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) [2].

Theramex-Enzene Biosciences agreement
Theramex is a specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to women’s health. Together with Enzene Biosciences, the company plans to commercialize the tocilizumab biosimilar from 2026 in Europe, Switzerland, the UK and Australia. Tocilizumab is used in combination with methotrexate and is indicated for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

This agreement is a follow-up to the June 2021 a license and supply agreement between Theramex and Enzene Biosciences to market a Prolia (denosumab) biosimilar in Europe and Australia [3]. Enzene Biosciences has also partnered with Alkem Laboratories in India to launch a teriparatide ‘similar biologic’ [4].

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1. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Amgen collaborates with Orion to market Amgevita in Finland [www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2022 Feb 18]. Available from: www.gabionline.net/pharma-news/Amgen-collaborates-with-Orion-to-market-Amgevita-in-Finland
2. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. CuraTeQ submits application to EMA for pegfilgrastim biosimilar [www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2022 Feb 18]. Available from: www.gabionline.net/biosimilars/news/curateq-submits-application-to-ema-for-pegfilgrastim-biosimilar
3. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Theramex to market Prolia biosimilar in Europe and Australia [www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2022 Feb 18]. Available from: www.gabionline.net/pharma-news/theramex-to-market-prolia-biosimilar-in-europe-and-australia
4. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Australian and Indian approval for teriparatide products [www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2022 Feb 18]. Available from: www.gabionline.net/biosimilars/news/Australian-and-Indian-approval-for-teriparatide-products

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