Celltrion stops phase III trial of biosimilar rituximab

Biosimilars/News | Posted 29/04/2013

South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion has stopped the late-stage trial of its biosimilar version of Roche’s blockbuster arthritis/non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma drug MabThera/Rituxan (rituximab).

Cipla launches first etanercept ‘similar biologic’ in India

Biosimilars/News | Posted 19/04/2013

India-based generics manufacturer Cipla announced on 17 April 2013 the launch of its ‘similar biologic’ product Etacept, the first ‘similar biologic’ of etanercept in India.

Lonza not backing out on biosimilars

Biosimilars/News | Posted 12/04/2013

Lonza has made a statement refuting reports that the Switzerland-based company was considering backing out of its biosimilars joint venture with Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva).

Amgen’s biosimilar plans

Biosimilars/News | Posted 05/04/2013

Amgen was one of the first companies to recognize the potential of modern biotechnology and this has made it the world’s largest independent biotechnology firm.

Lonza/Teva biosimilar pact in jeopardy

Biosimilars/News | Posted 05/04/2013

Switzerland-based API producer and custom manufacturing organization Lonza is reviewing whether it is still worth investing in its joint venture for biosimilars with Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva).

Sandoz’s biosimilar rituximab on track

Biosimilars/News | Posted 29/03/2013

The development of a biosimilar version of Rituxan (rituximab) is proceeding as planned, Sandoz’s Global Head, Mr Jeff George told Bloomberg.

When will the US biosimilars pathway be used

Biosimilars/News | Posted 22/03/2013

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg presented the latest statistics on the US biosimilar pathway during a speech at the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council’s (MassBio) Annual Meeting on 15 March 2013.

Greece says no to automatic substitution of biologicals

Biosimilars/News | Posted 15/03/2013

Greece’s Medicines Agency (National Organization for Medicines, Ethnikos Organismos Farmakon, EOF) released a document on 13 March 2013 recommending against automatic substitution/interchangeability of reference biologicals and their biosimilars.

Japan approves second biosimilar G-CSF

Biosimilars/News | Posted 08/03/2013

Japan has granted regulatory approval to a second biosimilar granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF).

XBiotech moves into biosimilars

Biosimilars/News | Posted 08/03/2013

US-based biotech company XBiotech announced on 26 February 2013 that the company would be expanding its portfolio to include biosimilars.