I reached out to Biosimilar Development editorial board member Molly Burich of Boehringer Ingelheim for her input on the policies she expects could have the largest positive or negative impact on biosimilars, as well as what progress has been made on the policy front.
In the global biosimilars industry, regulations are administered locally, on a country-by-country basis, inevitably leading to inefficiencies and contradictions in regulatory requirements for biosimilar approval from one country to the next. If those inefficiencies are too great, some companies may delay or forego entirely seeking approval in a jurisdiction where the costs or uncertainties of the regulatory path are too high.
I sat down with Kate Hammeke, VP of Industry Standard Research to discuss the biggest surprises or takeaways from this year’s report about the industry’s biologics and biosimilars manufacturing goals. But the conversation also evolved to some of the larger trends Hammeke expects to see impacting the biosimilar players in the future.
In the first segment of this two-part Q&A article, da Silva and Heller share their perspectives on the EU market potential for Humira biosimilars, which markets they expect will be most dynamic from a competition standpoint, and what Humira biosimilar players can learn from previous tumor necrosis factor (TNF) biosimilar launches.
In July 2018, the FDA unveiled a Biosimilar Action Plan (BAP) intended to “facilitate the efficient development and approval” of biosimilar products. When FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb introduced the BAP, he emphasized the importance of building a market for biosimilar products and expressed concern that the market is not yet established.
In this first of what I expect will be several articles, I will lay out one of the current educational gaps I’ve noticed, as well as introduce real educational examples or efforts I’ve encountered (or would like to see more of) that show promising and widely adaptable pathways forward.
Low- and middle-income nations naturally demand different approaches, and, there is, of course, still much work to be done to bolster biologics use in these countries. This article continues that discussion, illuminating several specific strategies companies can explore to better reach a wide variety of countries and patients.
Though entering some of these nations will not be for the faint of heart, Iyer believes the solution to these access issues is closer than we realize.
A decade after the primary negotiations that resulted in the BPCIA, it is safe to say the promise of biosimilars is yet to be realized. As it turns out, perhaps naivety, in a clinical sense, is the solution.
Despite all the FDA’s efforts to increase review time and get products to market more quickly, I remain unconvinced that the BAP will turn around the U.S. market — at least not our current market. So what can we do in the meantime?
Using its Supplier Relationship Excellence (SRE) program, Amgen opened the lines of communication with suppliers and created a feedback loop where data can be shared to better understand operational performance.
Fast and efficient process development and scale-up contributes to a shortened time to market. This application note demonstrates a multidimensional scale-up (change of both column diameter and bed height) of a mAb capture step, using the ÄKTA pilot 600 chromatography system.
Calculation examples that highlight scenarios where the enhanced capacity and alkaline‑stability of MabSelect PrismA can provide process economic benefits to large‑scale mAb processing.
This whitepaper discusses cleaning of affinity resins intended for use in the purification of monoclonal antibodies and antibody fragments.
This application note examines these aspects of using sodium hydroxide as a cleaning and sanitizing agent.
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