Biosimilar pipelines for South Korean firms: LG Chem and GC Pharma

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Biosimilar makers from South Korea are making their mark, not only in South Korea, but around the world when it comes to biosimilars. Celltrion Healthcare (Celltrion) and Samsung Bioepis (Samsung and Biogen’s joint venture) are already becoming major players in the world of biosimilars. While, other Korean companies, such as LG Chem Life Sciences (LG Chem) and GC Pharma (formerly Green Cross) are also expanding their biosimilar pipelines.

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LG Chem has two biosimilars, one of which, Eucept (etanercept) is already approved in both Japan and South Korea. While LG Pharma has one insulin glargine biosimilar, Glarzia, approved in South Korea, see Table 1.

Table 1: Biosimilar pipelines for South Korean firms: LG Chem and GC Pharma
Company Product name Active substance Therapeutic area Stage of development
LG Chem Eucept (LBEC0101) etanercept Ankylosing spondylitis
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
Psoriatic arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Approved in Japan and South Korea [1]
LR19055 adalimumab Psoriasis
Psoriatic arthritis
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Ulcerative colitis
Phase III
GC Pharma Glargia insulin glargine Diabetes Approved in South Korea [2]

Eucept was the third etanercept biosimilar to be approved in South Korea. Hanwha Chemical received approval for Davictrel back in November 2014 and Samsung Bioepis received approval for Etolace (Brenzys) in September 2015 [3]. While Glargia was the second insulin glargine biosimilar approval in South Korea, after Eli Lilly/Boehringer Ingelheim’s Basaglar, which was approved in November 2015 [3].

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1. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Biosimilars of etanercept []. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2021 Jul 9]. Available from: 
2. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Biosimilars of insulin glargine []. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2021 Jul 9]. Available from: 
3. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Biosimilars approved in South Korea []. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2021 Jul 9]. Available from:

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