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During the FT Global Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Conference, held this week in London, United Kingdom, a panel of executives from pharmaceutical companies, together with a scientist whose focus is on economics, discussed the increasingly challenging problem of paying for innovative therapies, particularly in a context of heightened political pressure around high drug costs. 
On Sunday, during the American College of Rheumatology (ACR)’s 2019 meeting, being held in Atlanta, Georgia, researchers reported on the safety and efficacy of the proposed infliximab biosimilar ABP 710 in a phase 3 study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Researchers also reported on a phase 1 and 3 study of the proposed rituximab biosimilar, ABP 798, in patients with RA.
This week, multiple biosimilar developers announced major moves forward for their businesses, with Coherus BioSciences making a new acquisition, Celltrion reporting continued growth for its business, Bio-Thera Solutions gaining the first-ever approval of an adalimumab biosimilar from China’s National Medical Products Administration, and Alvotech and Stada entering into a 7-biosimilar partnership in Europe.  
Novartis Friday announced results from a head-to-head trial of its secukinumab (Cosentyx) versus adalimumab in patients with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA), saying its therapy missed statistical significance for its primary end point.
 
Biosimilars are beginning to gain momentum, even in the sluggish US market, evidenced by strong US and global sales reported this month by some of the top biosimilar players.
Drug maker Revance Therapeutics has announced positive results from its SAKURA clinical program for its daxibotulinumtoxinA, a novel botulinum toxin type A that it hopes will compete with brand-name Botox, or onabotulinumtoxinA.
Drug maker Formycon announced today that it has begun a phase 1 clinical trial of its proposed ustekinumab biosimilar, FYB202, referencing Stelara. Ustekinumab is the first available therapy to target the interleukin-12 and -23 pathway.
In December 2018, biosimilar developer Amgen announced that it had submitted its proposed infliximab biosimilar, ABP 710, referencing Remicade, to the FDA for review. A regulatory decision is expected shortly, and last week, researchers published detailed results from the biosimilar’s phase 1 clinical study that evaluated the pharmacokinetic (PK) similarity of the biosimilar with its reference.
 
NeuClone said Thursday that it has begun dosing participants with its proposed ustekinumab biosimilar, referencing Stelara, in a phase 1 trial.
 
While biosimilar stakeholders’ eyes have been on the recent launch of new products and on policy proposals that stand to impact these therapies, several new proposed biosimilar agents are making their way into clinical trials.
 

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