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Explore our interactive biosimilar news updates, collating tailored reports by brand, INN, originator/biosimilar applicant, litigation, region, or date. Alternatively, review our weekly BioBlast™ updates below.

Scientific Name: darbepoetin


July 5, 2021

Chong Kun Dang announced it has signed a commercialisation agreement with Menagen for Nesbell® (biosimilar darbepoetin alfa). Under the agreement, Chong Kun Dang will receive a down payment and milestone payments in exchange for exclusive commercialisation rights in Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait Qatar and Bahrain.


September 23, 2020

Dong-A ST announces sales approval for biosimilar darbepoetin from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. 

September 17, 2020

Lotus Pharma announces it has signed a commercialisation agreement with Chong Kun Dang for Nesbell® (biosimilar darbepoetin-alpha). Under the agreement, Chong Kun Dang will supply Lotus with Nesbell® for sale in Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand pending the success of clinical trials in those countries.


July 25, 2019

JCR announces results of Ph III trials of biosimilar darbepoetin candidate JR131 in patients with renal anemia. 159 patients enrolled in the 52 week study, with JCR reporting no adverse drug reactions, and that patient hemoglobin levels remained within the required 10.0 to 12.0 g/dL range throughout the study.


December 24, 2018

Chong Kun Dang announces approval for biosimilar darbepoetin from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety of South Korea. This is the first biosimilar darbepoetin to be approved in a highly regulated country.

January 17, 2018

Kissei announces positive Ph III trials for JR131, biosimilar darbepoetin, with a view toward regulatory filing in 2018.

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