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EMA approves biosimilar insulin

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA’s) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 27 June 2014 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for a biosimilar insulin glargine product (LY2963016).

Darbopoetin alfa ‘similar biologic’ launched in India

India-based Hetero, one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) to the Indian pharmaceutical industry, announced on 18 June 2014 the launch of its first ‘similar biologic’ product Actorise, a ‘similar biologic’ of darbopoetin alfa in India.

Oncobiologics and IPCA create biosimilars alliance

US-based Oncobiologics announced on 2 June 2014 the creation of a two-part alliance for the development, manufacture and commercialization of biosimilar monoclonal antibodies with Indian generics maker IPCA Labs (IPCA).

Biosimilars developer Coherus raises US$55 million investment

US-based biosimilars developer Coherus BioSciences (Coherus) announced on 19 May 2014 that it had raised investments of US$55 million. New investors KKR & Co LP, Venrock, RA Capital Management, Rock Springs Capital and Fidelity Biosciences joined existing investors Sofinnova Ventures, Lilly Ventures and Vivo Capital.

Celltrion starts phase III biosimilar trastuzumab trial

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion is starting a phase III clinical trial for its biosimilar trastuzumab candidate (CT-P6) in patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive (HER2+) early breast cancer, according to the European Union’s Clinical Trials Register.

Alvotech and Finesse enter into biosimilars collaboration

Iceland-based biopharmaceutical company Alvotech and US-based bio-process management company Finesse Solutions (Finesse) announced on 14 March 2014 that they had entered into a partnership for bio-manufacturing.

Biosimilar filgrastim gains Japanese approval

Sandoz (the generics unit of Novartis) announced on 24 March 2014 that its subsidiary Sandoz Japan had received marketing authorization approval for its biosimilar filgrastim (Filgrastim BS Sandoz).

Long-acting G-CSF lipegfilgrastim launched in UK

Teva UK, a subsidiary of generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) announced on 24 February 2014 the launch of its long-acting granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G‑CSF) Lonquex (lipegfilgrastim) in the UK.

Amgen starts another phase III trial for biosimilar adalimumab

US biotechnology giant Amgen has started recruiting for a phase III clinical trial of its biosimilar adalimumab in patients suffering from plaque psoriasis, according to the US clinical trials website, Clinicaltrials.gov.

Kissei makes biosimilars deal with Alteogen

Japan-based Kissei Pharmaceutical (Kissei) announced on 13 February 2014 that the company had entered into a collaboration agreement with South Korean biologicals company Alteogen.

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