We have previously covered various aspects of a legal battle between Genentech and Amgen regarding Amgen’s efforts to market Mvasi, a biosimilar to Genentech’s bevacizumab product, Avastin.  These aspects include Genentech’s quickly-dismissed February 2017 action contending Amgen was in violation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”) (covered here and here), and

On February 2, 2018, U.S. District Judge George H. Wu granted Genentech’s motion to dismiss a complaint brought by Amgen in the Central District of California seeking a declaratory judgment of non-infringement, invalidity, and unenforceability of twenty-seven patents related to Genentech’s cancer treatment biologic, Avastin® (bevacizumab).[i]

Judge Wu issued a tentative decision on January

The FDA has only approved eight biosimilar products to date. The second most recently approved biosimilar is Mvasi (bevacizumab-awwb), which is manufactured by Amgen and was approved as a biosimilar to Genentech’s Avastin (bevacizumab) on September 14, 2017.[1]

On October 6, 2017—about three weeks after the FDA approved Mvasi—Amgen provided Genentech with a notice

Biologic drugs are quickly reshaping the pharmaceutical landscape as they dominate the drug market in annual sales revenue.  Abbvie’s Humira® (adalimumab) rocketed to the best-selling drug in the world with sales generating over $16 billion USD in 2016. The top biologic drugs are all driving revenues well beyond the $1 billion sales revenue demarcation that

Novartis’ First CAR-T Cell Therapy Tisagenlecleucel (CTL019)

The FDA’s Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee (“ODAC”) held a public meeting on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, to consider Novartis’ biologic license application (BLA 125646) for tisagenlecleucel (CTL019), an investigational chimeric antigen receptor T cell (“CAR-T”) therapy.  Novartis is seeking approval of CTL019 for the treatment of patients from

Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics announced that its Medical Marketing Application (“MMA”) for FKB327, a biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira® (adalimumab), has been accepted for review by the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”).  Adalimumab is a TNF (tumor necrosis factor) inhibitor that binds to TNF-alpha (TNF-α), preventing it from activating TNF receptors, which cause the inflammatory reactions associated

The FDA announced yesterday that the Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee (“ODAC”) has scheduled a public meeting to review ABP 215, Amgen’s proposed biosimilar to Genentech’s Avastin (bevacizumab), on July 13, 2017.  According to the announcement, the proposed indications and uses for ABP 215 include:

  1. first- or second-line treatment of patients with metastatic carcinoma of the

Genentech filed suit against Amgen this past February when a dispute arose between the parties during the first step of the “patent dance” for Amgen’s bevacizumab product (ABP 215), a proposed biosimilar to Genentech’s Avastin®.  Genentech accused Amgen of violating sections (l)(2)(A) and (l)(1)(c) of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”), 42 U.S.C.