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Celltrion has renewed success with leukaemia biosimilar Truxima and expands markets in Europe and Latin America

In recent months, South Korean biosimilars firm Celltrion has announced a series of successes, including winning a patent case against Samsung Biogen and expansions in the European and Latin American markets.

Novo Nordisk granted exclusivity on GLP-1 agonist Victoza until 2023

Novo Nordisk has announced a settlement with Teva Pharmaceuticals (Teva) giving the company at least four years before it has to compete with biosimilar versions of its diabetes injectable Victoza (liraglutide).

AbbVie and Coherus sign licensing deal for Humira biosimilar

Coherus BioSciences (Coherus) announced in January 2019 that it had entered into global settlement agreements with AbbVie which resolve all pending disputes related to CHS-1420, Coherus’s proposed biosimilar of AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab).

Under the terms of the settlement, Coherus will have global non-exclusive licence rights to commercialize CHS-1420 and will pay royalties to AbbVie. The licence period for CHS-1420 in the US will begin on 15 December 2023.

Fujifilm acquires Biogen Hillerød facility for US$890 million

On 12 March 2019, Biogen announced that it had entered into an agreement with Fujifilm Corporation under which Fujifilm will acquire Biogen Manufacturing ApS from Biogen for up to US$890 million in cash. Biogen Manufacturing ApS is a large-scale biologicals manufacturing site located in Hillerød, Denmark (Biogen Hillerød). Biogen Hillerød will become Fujifilm's fourth biopharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing site upon closure of this transaction, which is expected in August 2019 subject to closing conditions. The existing workforce at the site, consisting of approximately 800 employees, will continue employment under Fujifilm. 

Boehringer wins access to Humira documents as Janssen’s Remicade is relisted in Quebec

Boehringer Ingelheim is the only biosimilar manufacturer still challenging AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab) patents in court, and has just won a legal battle to gain access to documents AbbVie has fought hard to keep private. Meanwhile, Janssen has had Remicade (infliximab) reinstated on Quebec’s List of Medications after a decision by the Minister of Health and Social Services to “delist” Remicade was declared invalid and overturned. 

Sandoz makes biological deal in China

Sandoz has made a deal for copy biological in China in December 2018, and received approval of an extra indication for its biosimilar etanercept in January 2019.

Samsung Bioepis makes deals for copy biologicals in China

Samsung Bioepis has made deals with two Chinese firms to expand its business in the country.

Fuji Pharma acquires stake in Alvotech

Iceland-based biopharmaceutical company Alvotech announced on 19 November 2018 that Japan-based Fuji Pharma was investing in the company.

Alteogen wins process patent for aflibercept biosimilar

South Korean biologicals company Alteogen announced on 4 January 2019 that it had been granted a process patent for its method of producing an aflibercept biosimilar, ALT‑L9, referencing Regeneron’s blockbuster drug Eylea (aflibercept). The patent is a novel method for producing the anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) fusion protein.

Glenmark makes deal for ophthalmic generics

Indian generics maker Glenmark Pharmaceuticals (Glenmark) has entered into an exclusive agreement with South Korea’s Sam Chun Dang Pharm (SCD) to develop, manufacture and market a portfolio of generic ophthalmic products in the US and Canada.