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Samsung Bioepis starts phase III trial for bevacizumab biosimilar

South Korean electronics giant Samsung and biotechnology company Biogen Idec’s joint venture Samsung Bioepis has started a phase III clinical trial for a biosimilar version of Roche’s cancer blockbuster Avastin (bevacizumab).

New administration route for epoetin alfa biosimilar Binocrit

Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, announced on 8 April 2016 that the European Commission (EC) has approved a type II variation for the addition of a subcutaneous (SC) route of administration for its epoetin alfa biosimilar Binocrit’s nephrology (kidney function) indication.

BioOutsource launches ready-to-use biosimilarity assays

Sartorius Stedim BioOutsource (BioOutsource), a subsidiary of Sartorius Stedim Biotech, has launched a range of ready-to-use assays for testing biosimilarity. The assays are available for biosimilars of Hoffmann–La Roche/Chugai’s rheumatoid arthritis treatment Actemra (tocilizumab), Centocor’s psoriasis treatment Stelara (ustekinumab) and Novartis/Genentech’s age-related macular degeneration drug Lucentis (ranibizumab).

FDA approves infliximab biosimilar Inflectra

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on 5 April 2016 that it had approved the country’s second biosimilar Inflectra (infliximab).

EMA recommends approval of infliximab biosimilar Flixabi

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 1 April 2016 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for a biosimilar infliximab product (SB2).

Biocon receives Japanese approval for insulin glargine biosimilar

India-based biologicals specialist Biocon announced on 28 March 2016 that it had received approval from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) for its insulin glargine biosimilar.

Merck Group starts phase III trial for adalimumab biosimilar

Germany’s Merck KGaA (Merck Group) announced on 2 March 2016 that it had started a phase III clinical trial for its adalimumab biosimilar (MSB11022) in patients with chronic plaque psoriasis.

Epirus starts phase III trial for infliximab biosimilar

US-based biologicals company Epirus Biopharmaceuticals (Epirus) announced on 9 February 2016 that it had started a phase III trial for its infliximab biosimilar (BOW015).

Trastuzumab non-originator biological approved in Russia

Russian biotechnology company Biocad announced on 20 January 2016 that the Russian Ministry of Health had approved the company’s trastuzumab non-originator biological, BCD-022. The drug is a non-originator biological of Roche’s breast cancer blockbuster Herceptin (trastuzumab).

FDA advisers recommend approval of Celltrion’s infliximab biosimilar

US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) advisers have voted to recommend the approval of Celltrion’s biosimilar version of Johnson & Johnson and Merck’s arthritis treatment Remicade (infliximab).

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