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.