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EMA recommends approval of etanercept biosimilar

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 19 November 2015 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for a biosimilar etanercept product (SB4).

Amgen submits biosimilar adalimumab application to FDA

Biotech giant Amgen announced on 25 November 2015 that it had submitted an application for marketing approval for its adalimumab biosimilar (ABP 501) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Celltrion submits rituximab biosimilar application to EMA

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion has, according to Business Korea, submitted a second biosimilar application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Formycon starts phase III trial for ranibizumab biosimilar

German biosimilars companies Formycon and Bioeq announced on 7 October 2015 that they had initiated a pivotal phase III clinical trial with their candidate ranibizumab biosimilar (FYB201).

Boehringer Ingelheim stops biosimilar rituximab development

Germany-based Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals (Boehringer Ingelheim) has reportedly halted clinical development for its biosimilar version (BI 695500) of Roche’s blockbuster leukaemia treatment Rituxan/MabThera (rituximab).

Insulin glargine biosimilar in US delayed until end 2016

Pharmaceutical majors Eli Lilly and Sanofi announced on 28 September 2015 that the two companies had agreed to end the legal dispute over biosimilar insulin glargine in the US and to discontinue similar disputes worldwide.

Baxalta and Momenta start phase III trial for adalimumab biosimilar

Baxalta – a spinoff company from Baxter International – and US-based biotechnology firm Momenta Pharmaceuticals (Momenta) announced on 5 October 2015 that they had started a phase III clinical trial for their adalimumab biosimilar (M923) in patients with chronic plaque psoriasis.

FDA accepts application for etanercept biosimilar

Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, announced on 2 October 2015 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had accepted its application for its etanercept biosimilar (GP2015).

Another infliximab switching trial started

In The Netherlands another study has been initiated into the effects of switching patients from originator infliximab to biosimilar infliximab.

Biosimilar production in Malaysia

Malaysian biotech firm Inno Bio Ventures has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Iranian firm Aryogen Biopharma. The agreement will lead to the production of the first Malaysian-made biosimilars for the local and regional market.

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