We have developed an extensive and ever-growing pipeline of biosimilars to treat a number of conditions across major therapeutic areas. Many of these biosimilars have already been partnered, the most advanced of which are listed below.
We consistently invest in the start of one biosimilar development per year based upon expert market analysis, clinical evaluation, and an extensive manufacturing assessment.
The ultimate goal of our biosimilar development is to partner with companies who have the reach to maximize the access to patients who need such high quality medicines.
Natalizumab, sold under the brand name Tysabri® among others, is a medication used to treat multiple sclerosis and Crohn's disease. It is a monoclonal antibody which targets a protein called α4β1 integrin on white blood cells involved in inflammation. By attaching to integrin, natalizumab is thought to stop white blood cells from entering the brain and spinal cord tissue, thereby reducing inflammation and the resulting nerve damage. Natalizumab was approved by the FDA 2004.
Natalizumab biosimilar PB006
Polpharma Biologics is developing a Natalizumab biosimilar code named PB006. Our partner, Sandoz will commercialize this medicine. Global phase III & phase I PK/PD clinical trials of PB006 both completed recruitment in 2020.
Vedolizumab, sold under the brand name Entyvio® is a monoclonal antibody developed by Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc (a subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceuticals) for the treatment of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. It binds to integrin α4β7. Blocking the α4β7 integrin results in gut-selective anti-inflammatory activity.
Vedolizumab biosimilar PB016
Polpharma Biologics is developing a Vedolizumab biosimilar PB016. Following technical proof of similarity and scale up, GMP production will start in 2021.
In addition to the molecules listed above, Polpharma Biologics, through a JV (Bioeq), and in collaboration with Formycon, is working on a Ranibizumab biosimilar, code named FYB201. FYB201 will be commercialized in the US by Coherus.
Ranibizumab biosimilar FYB201
Ranibizumab (trade name Lucentis® among others) is a monoclonal anti-angiogenic antibody fragment (Fab) that has been approved to treat the "wet" type of age-related macular degeneration a common form of age-related vision loss. In 2019, Lucentis® generated global sales of more than USD 3.9 billion, with revenue growth continuing at a significant rate.
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