Pearce IP BioBlast: w/e 17 July 2020

Significant biosimilar activities this week include:
 

  • 09 Jul 20, AU: the Australian Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association (GBMA) announced it reached over 540,000 Australians in its Biosimilar Awareness Week, which was held digitally May 25-29.  
     

  • 14 Jul 20: in an interview with the Centre for Biosimilars, Celltrion's head of marketing, Byoungseo Choi said:

    • Remsima® (biosimilar infliximab) was showing promise as a potential treatment for COVID-19. 

    • Celltrion plans to launch one biosimilar a year until 2030. 

    • Celltrion applied for EU marketing approval for high concentration ("citrate free") CT-P17 (proposed biosimilar adalimumab) in March 2020, and Celltrion has plans to file in the US.

    • Phase III trials for CT-P16 (proposed biosimilar bevacizumab) are set to commence, with EU submission planned for next year. 

    • Phase I and III trials of Celltrion's omalizumab candidate are ongoing, and are expected to conclude by 2022.    
       

  • 14 Jul 20, US: in its approval of the FY2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies bill, the House Appropriations Committee has expressed concern over the under-utilisation of low cost biosimilars.  The Committee has encouraged the CMS to support development and implementation of new policies which may help increase biosimilar uptake when clinically appropriate.
     

  • 17 Jul 20: Bio-Thera Solutions annnounced a licensing agreement with Pharmapark for BAT2506 (biosimilar golimumab candidate).  Under the agreement, Pharmapark will have exclusive rights to distribute and market the drug in Russia and other CIS countries.
     

  • 17 Jul 20: VentureTECH, Duopharma and PanGen Biotech announced a joint venture to develop a Malaysian biosimilar production facility.
     

  • 17 Jul 20: in an interview with Generics BulletinSandoz Canada announced it is aiming for 10 biosimilar launches in the next decade, with pegfilgrastim and rituximab to be launched shortly.

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