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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).

Biosimilars agreements for Hospira and mAbxience

In line with Hospira’s strategy of expansion into biosimilars, the injectable generics specialist announced on 29 April 2013 that it had entered into a collaborative arrangement for several biosimilar products with NovaQuest Co-Investment Fund I, L.P. (NovaQuest).

Hospira marks five years of biosimilars

Self-proclaimed world leader in injectable drugs, Hospira, commemorated five years of providing biosimilars to the European market at the BIO International Convention in Chicago, USA, on 24 April 2013.

Celltrion stops phase III trial of biosimilar rituximab

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion has stopped the late-stage trial of its biosimilar version of Roche’s blockbuster arthritis/non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma drug MabThera/Rituxan (rituximab).

Cipla launches first etanercept ‘similar biologic’ in India

India-based generics manufacturer Cipla announced on 17 April 2013 the launch of its ‘similar biologic’ product Etacept, the first ‘similar biologic’ of etanercept in India.

Lonza not backing out on biosimilars

Lonza has made a statement refuting reports that the Switzerland-based company was considering backing out of its biosimilars joint venture with Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva).

Amgen’s biosimilar plans

Amgen was one of the first companies to recognize the potential of modern biotechnology and this has made it the world’s largest independent biotechnology firm.

Lonza/Teva biosimilar pact in jeopardy

Switzerland-based API producer and custom manufacturing organization Lonza is reviewing whether it is still worth investing in its joint venture for biosimilars with Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva).

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