BioBlast® w/e 17 Jun 22: featuring Alvotech’s NASDAQ listing, Samsung Bioepis’ eculizumab, Organon/Henlius’ global biosimilars deal, Sandoz’s citrate-free adalimumab and Innovent’s bevacizumab

by , | Jun 20, 2022

11 Jun 22 | Samsung Bioepis presents Ph III eculizumab data

Samsung Bioepis presented data from its Ph III trials of SB12 (eculizumab biosimilar) in paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria at the European Hematology Association 2022, reporting that SB12 is bioequivalent to Alexion’s Soliris®.

13 Jun 22 | Organon announces deal with Henlius for pertuzumab and denosumab

Organon announced that it has entered into a licence agreement with Shanghai Henlius Biotech regarding biosimilars to Perjeta® (pertuzumab, HLX11) and Prolia®/Xgeva® (denosumab, HLX14).  Under the agreement, Organon has exclusive global commercialisation rights “except for China; including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan”.  The agreement also includes an option for an exclusive licence for global commercialisation rights to a biosimilar to BMS’ Yervoy® (ipilimumab).

13 Jun 22 | FDA accepts Merck sBLA for additional Keytruda® indication

Merck announced that the FDA has accepted its sBLA for Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) as adjuvant therapy for stage IB-IIA non-small cell lung cancer following complete surgical resection.

13 Jun 22 | Innovent’s Bevagen® approved in Indonesia

Innovent Biologics and PT Etana Biotechnologies announced that the Indonesian Food and Drugs Authority has approved Bevagen® (bevacizumab biosimilar) for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC); locally recurrent or metastatic triple negative breast cancer (mTNBC); advanced, metastatic, or recurrent non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancer (OC); and cervical cancer (CC).  According to Innovent and Etana, Bevagen® may be “the first Chinese antibody drug to be marketed and locally produced in Southeast Asia”.

16 Jun 22 | Alvotech lists on Nasdaq stock market

Alvotech announced that its shares and warrants began trading on the Nasdaq on 16 June under the new ticker symbols ‘ALVO’ and ‘ALVOW’ respectively, following the completion of the company’s business combination with Oaktree Acquisition Corp. II.  The transaction was supported by a PIPE totalling approximately $175M, backed by top-tier investors.  

Ordinary shares are also expected to commenced trading on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market in Iceland from 23 June 2022.  Alvotech is expected to be the first dual-listed Icelandic company listed on both a US and Icelandic stock exchange.  

Alvotech’s portfolio includes AVT02 (adalimumab/biosimilar to Humira®) which launched in Canada in April 2022 and Europe in June 2022 and is expected to launch in the US from July 2023; AVT04 (ustekinumab/biosimilar to Stelara®) for which Alvotech recently announced positive topline results; aflibercept/biosimilar to Eylea®, denosumab/biosimilar to Prolia®, golimumab/biosimilar to Simponi® and omalizumab/biosimilar to Xolair®. 

Alvotech has signed commercialisation agreements with Cipla, Stada, Fuji Pharma, BiosanaPharma, Teva, JAMP/BIOJAMP, DKSH and Yangtze River Pharmaceuticals.

17 Jun 22 | EMA accepts Sandoz’s application for 100mg/mL citrate-free Hyrimoz® (adalimumab)

Sandoz announced that the EMA has accepted its application for high concentration (100mg/mL) citrate-free product Hyrimoz® (biosimilar adalimumab).  Sandoz’s application seeks approval for all AbbVie Humira® indications.

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