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Amgen submits biosimilar adalimumab application to FDA

Biotech giant Amgen announced on 25 November 2015 that it had submitted an application for marketing approval for its adalimumab biosimilar (ABP 501) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Venezuelan approval for Celltrion’s Remsima

Celltrion announced on 29 April 2015 that it had received approval for its infliximab bioterapéuticos similares from the Venezuelan medicines agency, the Instituto Nacional de Higiene ‘Rafael Rangel’ (INHRR National ‘Rafael Rangel’ Institute of Hygiene).

The latest biosimilars agreements

Biosimilar is still the hottest subject around.  Just a few of the latest collaborations for the development of biosimilars include agreements made on 6 November 2012 between AET BioTech and BioXpress Therapeutics; Oncobiologics and Boston Oncology; ProCognia and UniTargetingResearch; and the Innovent Biologics and Pharmatech Associates agreement made on 1 November 2012.

Japanese firms developing biosimilars

Japanese firms are definitely not dragging their heels when it comes to biosimilars. The latest agreement for biosimilar development involves LG Life Sciences (LGLS) and Mochida Pharmaceutical (Mochida), while joint venture Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics has announced it is to initiate development of a biosimilar version of bevacizumab.

Protalix plant-produced Enbrel biosimilar effective in preclinical models

Protalix Biotherapeutics reported preclinical data on pr-antiTNF, a biosimilar version of etanercept (Enbrel). Produced using the company's proprietary ProCellEx technology, pr-antiTNF is a plant cell–expressed recombinant fusion protein made from the soluble form of the human TNF receptor (TNFR), fused to the Fc component of a human antibody IgG1 domain. Pr-antiTNF has an identical amino acid sequence to Enbrel. In vitro and preclinical animal studies have demonstrated that pr-antiTNF exhibits similar activity to Enbrel. Specifically, pr-antiTNF binds TNF-alpha thereby inhibiting it from binding to cellular surface TNF receptors and protects L929 cells from TNF-induced apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner. In a proof-of-concept in vivo study using an established arthritis animal model, pr-antiTNF administered intraperitoneally significantly improved the clinical arthritis parameters associated with this accepted arthritis mouse model, including joint inflammation, swelling and tissue degradation. Data from the collagen-induced arthritis animal model studies are expected to be presented at an upcoming scientific conference.

Biosimilar EPO and infliximab, adalimumab get formal Japanese approval

As reported by Scrip on 21 January 2010, a large batch of new products has received final approval from Japan's ministry of health, labour and welfare, including a biosimilar erythropoietin. These and the other products given formal approval by the ministry received positive recommendations in November and December 2009.

EMA approval for rituximab biosimilar Truxima

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 16 December 2016 that it had recommended granting of marketing authorization for a rituximab biosimilar.

Benepali gains approval for extra indications

Samsung Bioepis, which is a joint venture between South Korean electronics giant Samsung and biotechnology company Biogen, announced on 16 December 2016 that the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) had adopted a positive opinion for the extension of indications for its etanercept biosimilar Benepali

EMA accepts application for pegfilgrastim biosimilar from Coherus

US-based biosimilars developer Coherus BioSciences (Coherus) announced on 29 November 2016 that its application for approval for its proposed pegfilgrastim biosimilar (CHS 1701) had been accepted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Bevacizumab biosimilar application submitted to EMA

Biotech giant Amgen and its partner Allergan announced on 2 December 2016 that they had submitted their application for approval for their proposed bevacizumab biosimilar (ABP 215) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The companies believe this submission is the first bevacizumab biosimilar application submitted to EMA.

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