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Pfizer to start phase III biosimilar trastuzumab trial

Pharma giant Pfizer is to start a global phase III trial for a biosimilar version of trastuzumab.

First biogeneric for Iran

Iran has developed the country’s first ‘biogeneric’ drug for cancer patients. The announcement was made in the presence of Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Hassan Hashemia at the beginning of February 2014, according to a report in the Tehran Times.

Celltrion files infliximab patent lawsuit in US

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion filed a lawsuit on 31 March 2014 in a federal court in Massachusetts seeking a declaratory judgement that Janssen Biotech’s (Janssen) remaining patents on the reference drug Remicade (infliximab) are invalid and unenforceable.

Biosimilar merger for Epirus and collaboration for Catalent

Mergers and collaborations are still in vogue in the biosimilars arena. The latest firms to announce deals are Epirus Biopharmaceuticals (Epirus), which will merge with Zalicus; and Catalent, which has agreed to a biosimilar development collaboration with Zhejiang Hisun Pharma.

Sandoz advances biosimilars pipeline

Sandoz, the generics unit of Swiss pharma giant Novartis, announced on 28 April 2014 that it had reached several important milestones in the development of biosimilar etanercept, filgrastim and pegfilgrastim.

Lupin and Yoshindo start biosimilars joint venture

Indian generics’ manufacturer Lupin Pharmaceuticals (Lupin) announced on 21 April 2014 that the company had entered into a joint venture with Japanese generics maker Yoshindo for a biosimilars joint venture in Japan.

Brazil’s ANVISA approves Cristália for production of ‘follow-on biological products’

Brazilian drugmaker Cristália has taken a step closer to its goal of producing ‘follow-on biological products’ domestically after receiving clearance from the country’s drug regulator, the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, ANVISA).

FDA to review insulin biosimilar

Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim announced on 20 December 2013 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had accepted their New Drug Application (NDA) for a biosimilar insulin product.

Alvotech invests US$250 million in biosimilars

Iceland-based biopharmaceutical company Alvotech announced on 5 December 2013 that it would invest US$250 million to build a plant in Reykjavik for the development and manufacture of a portfolio of biosimilar monoclonal antibodies.

Biosimilar trastuzumab approved in Korea

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion announced on 15 January 2014 that it had received approval for its biosimilar monoclonal antibody Herzuma (trastuzumab) with the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS, formerly Korea Food and Drug Administration).

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