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AffaMed and EverInsight merger announced

AffaMed Therapeutics announced a merger agreement with EverInsight Therapeutics on 10 October 2020.  

Essex and Henlius collaborate to deliver bevacizumab biosimilar for ophthalmic diseases

On 15 October 2020, it was announced that two Essex Bio-Technology subsidiaries were entering an agreement with Shanghai Henlius Biotech. Under this, Essex Bio-Investment and Zhuhai Essex Bio-Pharmaceuticals will work with Henlius to co-develop a bevacizumab biosimilar for the treatment of ophthalmic diseases. 

Medicure and Reliance sign cardiovascular drug agreement

Medicure Inc announced on 5 October 2020 that it has entered a License, Manufacture and Supply Agreement with Reliance Life Sciences Private Limited (RLS) for a cardiovascular drug. Under this agreement, Medicure is responsible for the regulatory approval process for the drug product and is granted the exclusive right to market and sell it in Canada, European Union and the US. The cardiovascular drug is currently unnamed. 

Aurobindo and Huons refocus their biologicals/biosimilars portfolios

India-based generics maker Aurobindo Pharma (Aurobindo) has announced a renewed product focus and plans for the biosimilars of its subsidiary company. In addition, Korea-based Huons will collaborate with Singapore-based Prestige BioPharma’s (Prestige) to enter the biosimilars market.

Lotus to distribute CKD’s biosimilar darbepoetin alfa in South East Asia

On 18 September 2020, Taiwan-based Lotus Pharmaceutical Co (Lotus) announced a long-term collaboration with Korea-based Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical Corp (CKD) for the distribution of biosimilar darbepoetin alfa (CKD-1110) in South East Asia.

Henlius and Accord collaborations will see their trastuzumab biosimilar launch globally

On 30 September 2020, Accord Healthcare (Accord) and Shanghai Henlius Biotech announced that they are to enter a new collaboration. As part of their agreement, Henlius will grant an exclusive licence to Accord US to develop and commercialize their trastuzumab biosimilar in Canada and the US. This follows the June 2018 Henlius‒Accord UK licence agreement, under which Henlius granted Accord UK exclusive commercialization rights of HLX02 trastuzumab. This led the product being approved by the European Commission in July 2020 [1] and its UK launch on 24 September 2020. 

Mylan-Upjohn merger receives go ahead from Europe, Australia and New Zealand

The proposed merger between Mylan and Pfizer’s Upjohn receives the go-ahead from authorities in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The agreement to combine the two companies was finalised on 29 July 2020. However, the transaction was held-up due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is now likely to close in the later part of 2020.

Bio-Thera and BeiGene sign deal to license, distribute and supply Avastin copy biological BAT1706 in China

On 24 August 2020, China-based pharmaceutical companies Bio-Thera Solutions (Bio-Thera) and BeiGene announced that they have entered into a license, distribution and supply agreement for BAT1706, an investigational copy biological to Avastin® (bevacizumab), in China. 

Ligand to acquire biosimilars manufacturer Pfenex

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Ligand) is to acquire Pfenex Inc (Pfenex), a manufacturer of biosimilars including teriparatide, ranibizumab and pegfilgrastim.

Kodak Pharmaceutical deal under scrutiny

In late July 2020, US President Donald Trump announced that the Federal Government would be loaning Eastman Kodak Co US$765 million to develop generic drugs. This is the first loan to be granted under the US Defense Production Act that was passed in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Now, amid allegations of insider trading, the House of Representatives will review the Kodak Pharmaceutical deal and there will be a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation.

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