BioBlast w/e 17 Feb 2023: Takeda’s vedolizumab trials, Organon’s financial results, Biora’s PGN-OB1 trials, Fresenius Kabi’s pegfilgrastim, Henlius’ trastuzumab, Coherus/Junshi Biosciences’ toripalimab trials, Similis Bio/Novel 351K biosimilars partnership, Biocon bevacizumab FDA Complete Response Letter

by , | Feb 20, 2023

Significant biosimilar activities this week include:

18 Feb 23 | Takeda publishes results of Ph III trials of vedolizumab in preventing intestinal acute graft-versus-host disease

Takeda published the results of Ph III trials of vedolizumab in the prevention of intestinal acute graft-versus-host disease (aGvHD) in patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT).  Takeda reported that the study met its primary endpoint, with vedolizumab achieving a statistically significant improvement in intestinal aGvHD-free survival versus placebo by Day 180 after allo-HSCT.

16 Feb 23 | Organon publishes financial results for Q4 and full year ended December 2022

Organon published its results for Q4 and full year ended 31 December 2022, reporting a second consecutive year of double-digit revenue growth in biosimilars. Organon reported that this growth was primarily drive by double-digit growth from Renflexis® (biosimilar to Johnson & Johnson’s Remicade® infliximab), Ontruzant® (biosimilar to Roche’s Herceptin® trastuzumab), Hadlima® (biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira® adalimumab) and Aybintio® (biosimilar to Roche’s Avastin bevacizumab).

16 Feb 23 | Biora publishes results of PGN-OB1

Biora Therapeutics announced preliminary results from preclinical testing of PGN-0B1, reporting an average bioavailability greater than 50% for a variant of adalimumab. Biora’s systemic therapeutics platform uses an ingestible capsule for needle-free, oral delivery of biotherapeutics using liquid jet delivery.

16 Feb 23 | US | Fresenius Kabi launches Stimufend® (biosimilar pegfilgrastim) in the US

Fresenius Kabi launched Stimufend® (biosimilar to Amgen’s Neulasta® pegfilgrastim) in the US.  Stimufend is Fresenius Kabi’s first biosimilar launch in the US.  Fresenius Kabi also intends to launch Idacio® (biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira® adalimumab) in the US in July 2023 pursuant to its settlement agreement with AbbVie.

15 Feb 23 | US | FDA accepts Henlius’ trastuzumab BLA

Henlius announced that the FDA has accepted its BLA for HLX02 (trastuzumab, biosimilar to Roche’s Herceptin®). According to the release, this is the first Chinese biosimilar to be approved in both China and the EU and may be the first to be approved in the US.

15 Feb 23 | Coherus and Junshi toripalimab ph 3 NPC trials

Coherus and Junshi Biosciences published the results of Ph III trials of toripalimab in JUPITER-02 (NCT03581786), a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating toripalimab in combination with gemcitabine and cisplatin as the first-line treatment for patients with recurrent or metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (“NPC”).  Coherus reported that final analysis demonstrated a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in overall survival  in NPC patients treated with toripalimab plus chemotherapy compared to chemotherapy alone.  The FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation (and associated regulatory expedition) for toripalimab for the indications relating to use in combination with gemcitabine and cisplatin as first-line treatment for patients with advanced recurrent or metastatic NPC and for toripalimab monotherapy for the second-line or later treatment of recurrent or metastatic NPC after platinum-containing chemotherapy.

14 Feb 23 | JSR’s Similis Bio and Novel351K announce biosimilars partnership

JSR Life Sciences’ Similis Bio announced plans to enter into a partnership with Novel351K to co-develop three undisclosed biosimilar programs.  Under the initial agreement, Similis will be responsible for cell line development, analytics, process development, and cGMP production, leading to pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamic clinical trials, while Novel351K will assist with accelerating the development of the programs to commercialisation.

12 Feb 23 | US | FDA issues complete response letter for Biocon/Viatris’ bevacizumab

Biocon announced that the FDA has issued a Complete Response Letter for Viatris (Mylan)’s BLA regarding the bevacizumab jointly developed with Biocon (biosimilar to Genentech’s Avastin®).  Biocon reported that is has submitted a comprehensive Corrective and Preventative Action plan, and is confident of addressing the observations within the stipulated timeframe.

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