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Huons enters biosimilar market while private equity firm PAG invests in Hisun BioRay

Huons has announced its plans to enter the biosimilar market, and private equity firm PAG has acquired a controlling interesting in Hisun Pharmaceutical’s biopharmaceutical subsidiary, Hisun BioRay.

Alvotech and Cipla Gulf partnership announced

On 29 July 2019, pharmaceutical companies Alvotech and Cipla Gulf announced that they have entered into an exclusive partnership for the commercialization of an adalimumab biosimilar (AVT02), in a selection of emerging markets.

Agreement between Hikma and Civica to reduce US generic drug shortages

Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc and Civica Rx announced a five-year agreement on 23 July 2019. Under the agreement, Hikma will manufacture and supply 14 essential sterile injectable medications for Civica. It will use Hikma's abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) and Civica's labelling and National Drug Code (NDC). The full list of medications included in the agreement, that are often in short supply in US hospitals, will be publicly announced in the near future. Initial shipments are expected by the end of 2019.

WHO essential medicines list: new lung cancer medicines rejected

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of ‘essential medicines’, received a biennial update on 9 July 2019. It added 28 drugs but left out several new treatments for lung cancer.

Prestige and Pharmapark make deal for trastuzumab biosimilar

Singapore-based Prestige BioPharma (Prestige) and Russia-based Pharmapark announced on 8 July 2019 that they had signed an exclusive partnership and supply agreement for Prestige’s candidate trastuzumab biosimilar (HD201) in Russia.

Celltrion and Nan Fung Group form joint venture for copy biologicals in China

South Korean biosimilars firm Celltrion and Hong Kong-based Nan Fung Group announced on 18 July 2019 that the two companies had formed a joint venture, Vcell Healthcare, with the aim of developing and commercializing copy biologicals in China.

STADA and Xbrane strengthen biosimilars collaboration

German generics giant Stada Arzneimittel (Stada) and Swedish biotech company Xbrane Bioscience (Xbrane) announced on 31 May 2019 that they have expanded their strategic biosimilar development partnership.

Boehringer Ingelheim finally signs licensing deal for Humira biosimilar

Boehringer Ingelheim (Boehringer) has finally given in and signed a licensing deal for its Humira biosimilar, Cyltezo (adalimumab), in the US.

Sandoz and EirGenix make deal for trastuzumab biosimilar

Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, announced on 30 April 2019 that it had signed an agreement with Taiwan’s EirGenix to market a proposed trastuzumab biosimilar.

Alvotech signs agreement for ustekinumab biosimilar Stelara in Japan

Iceland-based biopharmaceutical company Alvotech and Japan-based Fuji Pharma announced on 9 April 2019 that they had made a binding agreement for the exclusive partnership and supply to commercialize Alvotech’s ustekinumab biosimilar, Stelara, in Japan.