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Japanese approval for insulin glargine biosimilar

Partners Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim confirmed on 19 January 2015 that they had received Japanese regulatory approval for their biosimilar insulin glargine product (LY2963016).

Adalimumab similar biologic launched in India

Indian generics maker Zydus Cadila announced on 9 December 2014 the launch of its adalimumab similar biologic in India.

Biosimilar etanercept submitted for approval in EU

South Korean electronics giant Samsung and biotechnology company Biogen Idec’s joint venture Samsung Bioepis announced on 21 January 2015 that its etanercept biosimilar candidate, SB4, had been accepted for review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Mabion starts phase III trial for rituximab biosimilar

Polish biologicals company Mabion announced on 25 November 2014 that it had received the consent of the appropriate regulatory authorities in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Poland to start a phase III clinical trial for its rituximab biosimilar (MabionCD20) in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

Hospira submits application to FDA for epoetin alfa biosimilar

US-based injectables specialist Hospira announced on 12 January 2015 that it had submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its epoetin alfa biosimilar Retacrit.

Apotex pegfilgrastim biosimilar under FDA review

Canada-based Apotex announced on 17 December 2014 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had accepted for filing the company’s application for a biosimilar version of Amgen’s Neulasta (pegfilgrastim).

FDA advisers recommend approval of filgrastim biosimilar

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisers have voted unanimously to recommended approval for Sandoz’s biosimilar version of Amgen’s Neupogen (filgrastim), a development that could make complex biological therapies more readily accessible in the US.

First infliximab ‘similar biologic’ launched in India

India-based Ranbaxy Laboratories (Ranbaxy) announced on 1 December 2014 that it had launched its infliximab ‘similar biologic’, BOW015 in India. This is the first infliximab similar biologic to be launched in India.

Momenta gains approval to start biosimilar adalimumab trial in Europe

US-based biotechnology firm Momenta Pharmaceuticals (Momenta) announced on 1 December 2014 the acceptance by the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of a clinical trial application to initiate a clinical trial for its adalimumab biosimilar, M923.

Stada to in-license adalimumab biosimilar

German generics giant Stada Arzneimittel (Stada) announced on 18 November 2014 that it was in negotiations to in-licensing an adalimumab biosimilar.

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