News | January 12, 2018

2017 Clinical Trial Strategies & Trends In Biosimilar Drug Development: A Higher Proportion Of Bioisimilar Development Projects Is Targeted Towards Regulated Markets

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As the patent cliff for many blockbuster biologic therapies is approaching, clinical development programs for biosimilar options to those therapies are emerging at a rapid pace. Among the key areas of development is biologics in the autoimmune/inflammation, oncology, and endocrinology/nephrology space. Sponsors of biosimilar projects are carefully designing their trials, assessing the most suitable target populations, and geography.

The concept of interchangeability in the US, where a reference product and a biosimilar are considered freely interchangeable, is not seen in Europe or other developed regions. By gaining an interchangeability status, a biosimilar may greatly enhance its uptake, however the FDA requires that the applicant should strictly adhere to the recently issued Guidelines on Interchangeability. The guideline asks sponsors to conduct a tailored clinical investigation containing multiple elements of switching between the brand and biosimilar as a proof that switching is a safe practice. This report outlines the approaches to switching that various sponsors have adopted prior to the availability of the FDA guidance, and after its publication.

Key Topics Covered:

1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • The volume of biosimilar clinical trials initiated globally is growing
  • Autoimmune/inflammation is the top targeted area for biosimilar development
  • Oncology biosimilars come as a second choice for biosimilar developers
  • Biosimilars in endocrinology/nephrology are progressing through the pipeline
  • Some biosimilar sponsors also target therapy areas such as ophthalmology, reproductive health, and multiple sclerosis
  • Biosimilar sponsors may employ switching designs in their Phase III trials to demonstrate interchangeability

2 OVERVIEW OF CLINICAL TRIAL STRATEGIES

  • Biosimilar development is associated with many risks, but potential high returns
  • Comparison of biosimilar approval pathways
  • Views on indication extrapolation differ among regulatory authorities
  • The FDA outlined requirements for biosimilar sponsors seeking interchangeability status
  • Bibliography

3 GLOBAL TRENDS IN BIOSIMILAR CLINICAL TRIALS

  • The total number of clinical trials for biosimilar candidates has been incrementally increasing
  • The growth in biosimilar clinical trial volume is driven by the expiration of branded drug patents
  • A higher proportion of bioisimilar development projects is targeted towards regulated markets
  • A diverse range of industry sponsors are involved in biosimilar clinical development
  • Biosimilar sponsors carefully choose trial location regions
  • The top three therapy areas for the development of biosimilars are autoimmune and inflammation, oncology, and endocrinology/nephrology
  • Biosimilar sponsors carefully choose which disease indications to study in clinical trials
  • Bibliography

4 AUTOIMMUNE/INFLAMMATION BIOSIMILAR TRIAL TRENDS

  • Autoimmune/inflammation is the therapeutic area most often targeted by biosimilar developers
  • The most often targeted molecules in regulated markets are anti-TNF therapies
  • Biosimilar sponsors initiating trials in A/I indications are joining a highly competitive space
  • Analysis of tested A/I indications for biosimilars
  • Europe is the most active clinical trial hub for A/I biosimilar clinical development
  • Bibliography

5 ONCOLOGY BIOSIMILAR TRIAL TRENDS

  • Oncology is the second most often targeted therapeutic area by biosimilar developers
  • Sponsors developing biosimilars in oncology are targeting three blockbuster MAbs
  • Analysis of biosimilar sponsors conducting clinical trials in oncology indications
  • Choosing an appropriate target population for oncology biosimilar trials is essential
  • Europe has the highest number of clinical trial sites for oncology biosimilars
  • Bibliography

6 ENDOCRINOLOGY/NEPHROLOGY BIOSIMILAR TRIAL TRENDS

  • Endocrinology/nephrology is the third most often targeted therapeutic area by biosimilar developers
  • Insulin products and erythropoetin stimulating agents are among the top reference choices for developers of biosimilars in endocrinology/nephrology
  • Analysis of biosimilar sponsors conducting clinical trials in endocrinology/nephrology indications
  • The US is the most active region chosen for the clinical development of endocrinology/nephrology biosimilars
  • Bibliography

7 BIOSIMILAR TRIAL TRENDS IN OTHER THERAPEUTIC AREAS

  • A key biosimilar target in ophthalmology is the monoclonal antibody ranibizumab
  • A key biosimilar target in reproductive health is follitropin alfa
  • Biosimilar sponsors also develop biosimilars in hematology, hepatitis C, and multiple sclerosis
  • Bibliography

8 PHASE III SWITCHING STUDY DESIGNS AND BIOSIMILAR INTERCHANGEABILITY

  • There is a need for data from switching studies
  • The FDA has issued draft interchangeability guidelines to shed some light on the issue of interchangeability
  • Biosimilar sponsors may conduct switching studies to assess safety and effectiveness of switching between the brand and
  • biosimilar
  • Bibliography

9 APPENDIX

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