Home / News / BioBlast™



Explore our interactive biosimilar news updates, collating tailored reports by brand, INN, originator/biosimilar applicant, litigation, region, or date. Alternatively, review our weekly BioBlast™ updates below.

Viatris launches Hulio® (biosimilar adalimumab) in Canada

February 18, 2021

Viatris announced it has launched Hulio® (biosimilar adalimumab) in Canada. Hulio® is available in a 50mg/ml formulation (40mg/0.8mL) and is approved for all adalimumab indications.

Fresenius Kabi launches Idacio® (biosimilar adalimumab) in Canada

February 18, 2021

Fresenius Kabi announced it has launched Idacio® (biosimilar adalimumab) in Canada. Idacio® is available in 50mg/ml formulation (40mg/0.8mL syringe, vial and pen presentations) and is approved for all Humira® indications.

Sandoz launches Hyrimoz® (biosimilar adalimumab) in Canada

February 17, 2021

Sandoz announced that it has launched Hyrimoz®, its 50mg/mL biosimilar adalimumab in Canada. Hyrimoz® was approved by Health Canada in November 2020 with a full label. It was also previously launched in Europe in 2018.

FDA accepts Coherus’ BLA for biosimilar adalimumab

February 17, 2021

Coherus Biosciences announced the FDA has accepted the BLA for its biosimilar adalimumab candidate (CHS-1420). Coherus also announced that it plans to launch its product in the US on or after 01 July 2023. Coherus had previously disclosed that its license with AbbVie would commence in the US in December 2023.

Fujifilm and Mylan launch Hulio® (biosimilar adalimumab) in Japan

February 15, 2021

Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics and Mylan announced the launch of Hulio® in Japan. Hulio® is available in a 40mg/0.8mL syringe and pen presentation (indicated for rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, Entero-Behcet’s Disease and Crohn’s Disease), and a 20mg/0.4mL syringe (indicated for juvenile idiopathic arthritis). This is the first adalimumab biosimilar to be launched in Japan.

Celltrion’s Yuflyma® (biosimilar adalimumab) approved in the EU

February 15, 2021

Celltrion announced it received EC marketing authorisation for Yuflyma® (biosimilar adalimumab) across all indications. This is the first approval of a high concentration, low-volume biosimilar adalimumab. The EPAR is yet to be published by EMA.

Tabuk partners with Prestige on Tuznue®(biosimilar trastuzumab)

February 13, 2021

Saudi Arabia’s Tabuk Pharmaceuticals announced it has reached an exclusive licensing and distribution agreement with Korea’s Prestige Biopharma for the commercialisation of Tuznue® (biosimilar trastuzumab). Under the agreement, Tabuk will receive exclusive rights to commercialise and distribute Tuznue® in the Middle-East and North Africa region.

EU approves Biocon’s Kixelle®(biosimilar insulin aspart)

February 12, 2021

Biocon and Viatris announces Kixelle® (biosimilar insulin aspart) has received marking authorisation approval in the EU.

Roche releases Ph III results of follow-on faricimab

February 12, 2021

Roche announced new Ph III data shows faricimab (given at intervals of up to four months) is non-inferior compared to aflibercept (given every two months). This may reduce the treatment burden for patients suffering from diabetic macular edema and neovascular age-related macular degeneration.

Lannett and HEC reach insulin aspart agreement

February 9, 2021

Lannett announces it has entered into an agreement with the HEC Group of companies for biosimilar insulin aspart. Under the agreement, Lannett will be responsible for funding most of the clinical development requirements, while HEC will continue to develop the product and manufacturing infrastructure.

Celltrion commences Ph III aflibercept trials

February 8, 2021

Celltrion announces it has commenced Ph III trials of its proposed aflibercept biosimilar.

Roche reports huge erosion of YoY CER growth in key areas

February 4, 2021

Roche reports a huge erosion of its year on year CER growth in key areas, attributing this decline to COVID-19 impacts and biosimilars. Roche reported the YoY CER growth of Avastin (bevacizumab) was -25%, with the hematology franchise (including rituximab) at -22% and HER2 franchise (including trastuzumab and pertuzumab) at -8%.

Celltrion discusses its adalimumab biosimilar

February 4, 2021

In an interview with the Centre for Biosimilars the head of Celltrion’s Medical and Marketing Division, HoUng Kim PhD, discussed its high concentration, citrate-free adalimumab biosimilar. Kim announced that Celltrion has completed patent settlements in the US and is approaching settlements in Europe. Kim also revealed that the application for Celltrion’s US biosimilar adalimumab product was filed in November 2020.

Enzene Biosciences receives biosimilar teriparatide approval

February 4, 2021

Enzene Biosciences announces it has received marketing authorisation for its biosimilar teriparatide in India.

Coherus Biosciences and Junshi Biosciences reach toripalimab agreement

February 1, 2021

Coherus Biosciences announces it has reached an agreement with Junshi Biosciences for the development and commercialisation of toripalimab (anti-PD-1 antibody) in the United States and Canada. Toripalimab has received breakthrough therapy designation by the FDA for nasopharyngeal carcinoma and the first BLA is expected to be filed later this year.

Celltrion receives approval for biosimilar infliximab from Health Canada

February 1, 2021

Celltrion announces it has received a notice of compliance from Health Canada for Remsima® SC (subcutaneous infliximab). Remsima® has been approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

CHMP recommends 13 medicines for approval

January 29, 2021

The CHMP recommends13 medicines for approval. Among the recommendations were two bevacizumab biosimilars, Mabxience’s Alymsys® and STADA’s Oyavas®.

FDA accepts BLA for Bio-Thera’s biosimilar bevacizumab

January 28, 2021
Bio-Thera Solutions announces the FDA has accepted its BLA for BAT1706 (proposed bevacizumab biosimilar).

Vizient releases Pharmacy Market Outlook

January 27, 2021
Health care performance improvement company Vizient releases its Winter 2021 Pharmacy Market Outlook. Vizient projected that the greatest price increases to members would occur in Humira® (adalimumab), with a 7.5% price increase predicted over the next 18 months. Adalimumab also topped the list of greatest total spend by product among Vizient members, followed by pembrolizumab, rituximab, infliximab, ustekinumab, nivolumab and denosumab. New figures also showed trastuzumab biosimilars have captured a significant market share, contributing to 39% of cost to members in September 2020.

Results of Ph I copanlisib and rituximab trials

January 20, 2021

Targeted Oncology interviews Mark J. Roschewski MD about the preliminary results of Ph II trials of copanlisib and rituximab as treatment of patients with untreated follicular lymphoma. Roschewski reported that all the patients responded and at least had a tumour reduction.

Pharm-Olam selected for adalimumab COVID-19 trial

January 19, 2021

Pharm-Olam announces it has been selected by the US Department of Defense to lead and provide full service clinical trial support of Ph II/III clinical trials of adalimumab as a COVID-19 therapeutic.

Innovent signs bevacizumab deal

January 18, 2021

Innovent announces it has signed a licensing agreement with PT Etana Biotechnologies for Byvasda® (biosimilar bevacizumab). Under the agreement, Etana will receive commercialisation rights in Indonesia in exchange for milestone payments and double-digit royalties on net sales.

Celltrion submits IND for denosumab biosimilar

January 15, 2021
Celltrion announces it has submitted an investigational new drug application for Ph III trials of CT-P41 (proposed denosumab biosimilar).

New study investigates use of rituximab in MS

January 8, 2021
A new study reviews the use of rituximab as an alternative treatment option for the management of multiple sclerosis (MS). While not approved for MS, there is evidence of significant off-label usage of rituximab for the treatment of MS in some Northern European countries.