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The study compared the stool samples of patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) with patients with familial adenomatous polyposis. Both groups may have colectomies, but only the patients with UC have inflammation that may return even after surgery.
Sarfaraz K. Niazi, PhD, a pharma industry veteran and consultant for biosimilar makers, discusses ins and outs of the approvals process that cause frustration and unnecessary expense.
The study examined secukinumab biosimilar lentivirus-based gene therapy, which showed successful and prolonged expression of the recombinant antibody in rats.
In late December, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals announced that the FDA has accepted for review a Biologics License Application for eflapegrastim, a novel drug that could, if approved, compete with existing granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) therapies and their biosimilars.
China-based Clover Biopharmaceuticals announced this week that it has dosed the first patient in a phase 3 clinical study of SCB-808, a proposed etanercept biosimilar referencing Enbrel.
Japan-based Meiji Seika Pharma and Republic of Korea-based Dong-A Socio Holdings announced this month that they have started a phase 1 clinical trial of DMB-3115, a proposed ustekinumab biosimilar referencing Stelara.
In May of 2018, drug maker Lupin announced that the European Medicines Agency would review its application for YLB113, a proposed etanercept biosimilar referencing Enbrel. This week, results of a phase 3 study of the biosimilar in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) revealed the similarity of the product with its reference, and also demonstrated that the product has lower immunogenicity than the reference drug.
Outlook Therapeutics, formerly known as Oncobiologics, said this month that it has reached an agreement with the FDA on 3 special protocol assessments for clinical trials of ONS-5010, a formulation of bevacizumab intended to treat retinal diseases.
AffaMed Therapeutics announced this week that it has received a Clinical Trial Application (CTA) approval from Chinese regulators to conduct a phase 3 clinical trial of Samsung Bioepis’ biosimilar trastuzumab, SB3.
NeuClone did not specify whether it intends to move to a phase 3 clinical trial for the biosimilar. In fact, in its statement on the phase 1 results, the company noted that phase 3 trials are not required to achieve regulatory clearance.

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