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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.

Alteogen gains patent on SC trastuzumab biosimilar

South Korean biologicals company Alteogen announced on 27 March 2019 that it had gained a patent for a subcutaneous version (ALT LS2) of its candidate trastuzumab biosimilar (ALT L2).

First Chinese biologicals maker receives EMA GMP certification

China-based WuXi Biologics announced on 20 March 2019 that it had received good manufacturing practice (GMP) certification from the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Momenta to reduce its biosimilars programmes

US-based biotechnology firm Momenta Pharmaceuticals (Momenta) announced on 1 October 2018 that it would be focusing on two key biosimilars and quit the development of five others.

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