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Approval Alert: Formycon AG / MS Pharma’s Ranibizumab Biosimilar (Ravegza®) Approved in Saudi

Mar 11, 2024

On 11 March 2024, Formycon AG and MS Pharma announced that ranibizumab (FYB201 / Ravegza®), biosimilar to Genentech’s Lucentis®, was approved in Saudi Arabia for the treatment of age-related neovascular (wet) macular degeneration (nAMD) and other serious eye diseases including retinopathies secondary to diabetes.

FYB201 was developed by Bioeq (a JV between Formycon and Polpharma Biologics). Teva entered into a strategic partnership for the exclusive commercialisation of FYB201 in Canada, Europe and selected other countries in mid 2021. FYB201 has been approved in the UK (in May 2022, marketed as Ongavia® by Teva), in the US (in August 2022, marketed as Cimerli® by Coherus) and the EU (in August 2022, marketed as Ranivisio® by Formycon). In January 20204, Sandoz announced that it had signed an agreement to acquire Coherus’ Cimerli® for US$170M.