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Pfizer to start trial for biosimilar adalimumab

Pharma giant Pfizer is once again expanding its pipeline of biosimilars and is set to start a phase I study for its biosimilar adalimumab candidate (PF-06410293) according to ClinicalTrials.gov, the US clinical trials website.

Sandoz comments on EMA’s new draft biosimilars guidance

Sandoz, the generic drug division of Swiss drug giant Novartis, is pleased that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a draft revised guideline on non-clinical and clinical issues in biosimilar product development.

Trials to start for biosimilar infliximab and etanercept

Pfizer is to start a phase I study for its biosimilar infliximab candidate (PF-06438179) and Samsung Bioepsis has initiated a phase III clinical trial for its biosimilar etanercept (SB4), according to entries on the US and EU clinical trials websites.

Celltrion applies for Korean approval of biosimilar trastuzumab

On 4 June 2013, South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion announced that it had filed for approval of its biosimilar candidate CT-P6 with the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS, formerly the Korea Food and Drug Administration).

Russia to harmonize biologicals regulations

International regulatory bodies and the drug industry met in Moscow on 15 May 2013 to discuss how to harmonize Russia’s regulatory standards for biologicals with the rest of the world to develop a framework for pharma companies developing biologicals and biosimilars in Russia.

Huahai and Oncobiologics make biosimilars deal

US-based Oncobiologics announced on 8 May 2013 that it had signed an alliance agreement for the development, manufacture and commercialization of biosimilar monoclonal antibodies with Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical (Huahai).

Agila Biotech and Pfenex make biosimilars deal

Agila Biotech, a subsidiary of India-based Strides Arcolab, and US-based biotech firm Pfenex announced on 16 April 2013 that they had entered into a joint venture for biosimilars.

Sanofi starts biosimilar insulin trials

Pharma giant Sanofi confirmed in its 2013 Q1 business report that its biosimilar insulin projects have entered into phase I of clinical development as planned. Sanofi intends to develop these insulin products in order to further enlarge the Sanofi diabetes portfolio and better serve the needs of people with diabetes.

Intas launches rituximab ‘similar biologic’ in India

India-based generics company Intas Pharmaceuticals (Intas) announced the launch of a ‘similar biologic’ – as the Indian regulatory authorities call these products –version of rituximab in India.

Sandoz applies for Japanese approval for biosimilar G-CSF

Novartis generics unit Sandoz announced on 25 April 2013 that it has filed an application with the Japanese health authority – Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) – for marketing authorization of EP2006, a biosimilar version of recombinant human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF).

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