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TNF copy biological approved in China

China-based Simcere Pharmaceutical Group (Simcere) announced on 9 May 2011 that Shanghai Celgen Bio-Pharmaceutical (Shanghai Celgen) has received approval for Qiangke – a copy biological version of etanercept – by the Chinese authorities.

Brazil to manufacture follow-on adalimumab

The Brazilian Ministry of Health (Ministério da Saúde) announced on 5 April 2011 that it would be entering into an agreement with PharmaPraxis to manufacture a biosimilar, or follow-on version, of Abbott’s monoclonal antibody Humira (adalimumab).

Medicago and Cellectis in successful biosimilars research collaboration

Canadian biopharmaceutical company Medicago and Cellectis plant sciences, a subsidiary of Cellectis SA, French genome engineering specialist, announced on 4 October 2012 the successful completion of the first step in their research collaboration to improve therapeutic proteins produced in tobacco plants.

Teva halts phase III biosimilar rituximab trial

Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) has suspended its phase III trial of its biosimilar version (TL011) of Roche’s Rituxan/MabThera (rituximab).

EMA receives second application for biosimilar infliximab

According to EMA’s list of applications for new human medicines under evaluation by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use released in September 2012, the agency will be reviewing a second application for a biosimilar version of infliximab.

Bioton and Medipolis sign insulin analogue technology licensing agreement

Polish biotechnology company Bioton and Finnish-based contract research organisation (CRO) Medipolis GMP (Medipolis) have signed a licensing agreement on the manufacturing technology of an insulin analogue.

Roche does not see a threat from biosimilars until 2015

Switzerland-based drugmaker F. Hoffmann-La Roche (Roche) expects results from 19 late-stage clinical trials over the next 18 months to provide a stream of products to offset potential near-term threats to its cancer drugs Herceptin (trastuzumab) and Rituxan (rituximab).

Sun recalls biosimilar brain treatment

India-based Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (Sun Pharma) is once again in the news, but for the wrong reasons.

EMA reviews its first biosimilar monoclonal antibody

According to EMA’s list of applications for new human medicines under evaluation by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use released in April 2012 the agency will be reviewing a new application for a biosimilar version of infliximab.

Teva receives FDA approval for filgrastim in the US

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) announced on 30 August 2012 that FDA had granted approval for tbo-filgrastim (XM02 filgrastim), the first new granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) to be approved in the US in more than 10 years.

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