• Accurate Comparability Assessment Of A Biosimilar Interferon In Process Development
    Accurate Comparability Assessment Of A Biosimilar Interferon In Process Development

    This application note describes how to achieve accurate comparability assessments using Biacore™ T200 and Amersham™ WB system in the development of a biosimilar.

  • Why Biosimilars Won’t Be “A Stake In The Heart Of Innovation”
    Why Biosimilars Won’t Be “A Stake In The Heart Of Innovation”

    There has not been much discussion about how biosimilars contribute to or will impact innovation — outside of helping the healthcare system afford costly novel therapies. I found my interest in this question sparked upon reading a recent headline, "Biosimilars: The Cure for Sky-High Drug Prices Or A Stake In The Heart Of Innovation?"

  • AmerisourceBergen: Responsible Pricing, Patient Programs Biggest Biosimilar Challenges
    AmerisourceBergen: Responsible Pricing, Patient Programs Biggest Biosimilar Challenges

    In the first part of this two-part article, we touched on the two strategies for distributing biosimilars. In this article, Lozano highlights some of the common topics that pose the greatest challenges for manufacturers, in particular pricing their products and establishing patient and provider services. 

  • 2018 CBI Biosimilars Summit Unveils New Industry Focus Areas
    2018 CBI Biosimilars Summit Unveils New Industry Focus Areas

    As more real-world evidence demonstrating biosimilars’ efficacy and safety is released, I daresay I speak for many in the U.S. who are left asking, “What more do we need?” Well, this event turned me on to a few areas that could use some work and renewed attention.

  • The Wholesaler’s Guide To Biosimilar Distribution
    The Wholesaler’s Guide To Biosimilar Distribution

    It’s rare that I should stumble upon an article discussing how biosimilars actually end up at the hospital or pharmacy in the first place. So I took the opportunity to speak with AmerisourceBergen's Richard Lozano to get a better sense of the manufacturer-wholesaler relationship and some of the questions companies must consider as they prepare to supply their biosimilars to the market.

  • How These Hospital Stakeholders Can Benefit Biosimilar Commercialization
    How These Hospital Stakeholders Can Benefit Biosimilar Commercialization

    In Cinfa Biotech’s time preparing for regulatory submission and, hopefully, a future product launch, Jankowsky has noted the increasingly significant role pharmacists play in educating doctors. Much of this comes down to their holistic method of approaching biosimilars — and this was integral in establishing the company’s rationale for development.

  • What Challenges Should Biosimilar Companies Expect In 2018?
    What Challenges Should Biosimilar Companies Expect In 2018?

    Whether they be IP-,real-world-data-, or ongoing market-access-related challenges, biosimilar companies should expect a busy year ahead. Biosimilar Development's editorial advisory board members share the challenges they're keeping their eyes on.

  • 2018 Outlook: Biosimilar Trends To Watch
    2018 Outlook: Biosimilar Trends To Watch

    Last week, I published the first installment of a three-part roundtable discussion highlighting which 2017 trends/occurrences were most notable to the members of Biosimilar Development’s editorial advisory board. In addition to discussing 2017’s impact on the future of the industry, these experts also shared their thoughts on what to expect in 2018.

  • Did The 2017 Biosimilar Industry Pave The Way For A Productive 2018?
    Did The 2017 Biosimilar Industry Pave The Way For A Productive 2018?

    In the first installment of this three-part Q&A, I asked the members of the inaugural Biosimilar Development editorial advisory board to share their thoughts on significant 2017 developments and how they expect these will impact the industry in 2018.

  • Biosimilar Evolutions To Watch For In The New Year
    Biosimilar Evolutions To Watch For In The New Year

    Experts from Adello Biologics, PA Consulting Group, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, and Avalere Health, share which trends and challenges they’re watching closely, along with how the industry could “break from tradition” in the next few years.

  • What U.S. Biosimilar “Traditions” Need To Be Broken In 2018?
    What U.S. Biosimilar “Traditions” Need To Be Broken In 2018?

    You may feel “tradition” is not yet a realized concept in the biosimilar industry — and I would agree with you. But this didn’t stop me from asking several experts which areas they felt could stand more attention or redirection in the future. And they left no stone unturned.

  • Unlock Oral Delivery Potential For Macromolecules With A Parallel Screening Approach
    Unlock Oral Delivery Potential For Macromolecules With A Parallel Screening Approach

    Identifying the optimal formulation and dose form which shows an increase more than 20 times in the oral bioavailability of Salmon Calcitonin.

  • 2018: The Year Of Building Stronger Biosimilar-Payer Relationships?
    2018: The Year Of Building Stronger Biosimilar-Payer Relationships?

    Seeing as the two biosimilars for infliximab did not fare as well as Zarxio in payers’ formulary decisions in 2018, there are a several things companies must consider as they set out to address payers’ current watch-and-wait attitude in the biosimilar market thus far.

  • How The U.K. Became A Destination For Biosimilar Clinical Trials
    How The U.K. Became A Destination For Biosimilar Clinical Trials

    The biosimilars market is going to heat up considerably over the next three years, but is the NHS ready for the biosimilars boom?

  • Tips For Success In The Indian Biosimilar Market
    Tips For Success In The Indian Biosimilar Market

    In part 3 of this three-part series, Basak discusses the challenges of raising funds to develop and commercialize biosimilars in India, provides advice to biosimilar companies looking to enter the market, and shares his vision of the future for biosimilars in India.

  • Is Selecting A CDMO Based On Contract Price Really Saving You Money In The Long Run?
    Is Selecting A CDMO Based On Contract Price Really Saving You Money In The Long Run?

    Before you sign on the dotted line, do a little digging to unearth potential costs that could turn your development program into a cash-burning exercise.

  • How Biosimilar Companies Can Meet Patients’ Education Needs
    How Biosimilar Companies Can Meet Patients’ Education Needs

    What do patient groups want from biosimilar manufacturers, and what advice can they give companies to help shape their initiatives to educate stakeholders?

  • Biosimilar Education: Perspectives From 4 Patient Advocacy Groups
    Biosimilar Education: Perspectives From 4 Patient Advocacy Groups

    In the first of this two-part article, four patient advocacy groups share the level of knowledge their members have surrounding biosimilars and what types of strategies they have enacted to educate their patients.

  • DIA Biosimilars Conference Reveals “More Questions Than Answers”
    DIA Biosimilars Conference Reveals “More Questions Than Answers”

    During the DIA Biosimilars 2017 conference, there were three topics of discussion that, arguably, could remove barriers to biosimilar development and advance it. But a phrase that was regularly used over the two days highlights one of the biggest issues standing in front of this industry: “There are more questions than answers.”

  • Pfizer’s Cultural Evolution To “Tell The Biosimilar Story”
    Pfizer’s Cultural Evolution To “Tell The Biosimilar Story”

    Pfizer's Tracy Dianis presents a candid look into the cognitive and cultural transition that needed to occur in her own mindset, as well as within Pfizer, in order to embrace biosimilar development.

  • Biosimilar Regulatory Best Practices: Don’t Fear Exploration
    Biosimilar Regulatory Best Practices: Don’t Fear Exploration

    In the first of this two-part article, Sandoz's Cindy Cao shares lessons learned from working with the FDA and reveals that there is still a lot of room for exploration and innovation in biosimilar development.

  • What These Two Mottos Must Mean For The Biosimilar Industry
    What These Two Mottos Must Mean For The Biosimilar Industry

    I recently attended the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) Biosimilars Council’s Leading on Biosimilars conference.In addition to the many tidbits of knowledge I took away from this event, two terms kept resurfacing throughout the conference I feel are worth delving into more deeply.

  • Pfenex’s New CEO Sizes Up Biosimilar Industry’s Future
    Pfenex’s New CEO Sizes Up Biosimilar Industry’s Future

    Newly-appointed Pfenex CEO, Eef Schimmelpennink, faces the challenge of determining how to adapt Pfenex to a constantly changing future. Though it's still very early in his tenure, Schimmelpennink highlights some areas he will keep in mind as he steers Pfenex's future biosimilars onto the market.  

  • The Evolution Of Russia’s Biosimilar Regulatory Pathway
    The Evolution Of Russia’s Biosimilar Regulatory Pathway

    In a recent article, I discussed the market opportunities and reimbursement system in Russia. But in addition to this snapshot of the market, my conversation with BIOCAD's Roman Ivanov highlighted how the Russian biosimilar regulatory system was established, as well as the challenges BIOCAD has faced during it evolution.

  • Russia’s Biosimilar Market At A Glance
    Russia’s Biosimilar Market At A Glance

    After my discussion with BIOCAD's Roman Ivanov, it’s clear the Russian biosimilar market is a prime example of the positive impact biosimilars can have on a nation. However, Russia's biosimilar market has evolved quite differently than those of the EU and U.S.

  • Plant-Based Biosimilar Development Takes Root In Brazil
    Plant-Based Biosimilar Development Takes Root In Brazil

    In June 2017, Canadian company PlantForm announced it was beginning construction for a pilot biologics and biosimilar manufacturing facility in Brazil. Given Brazil’s ongoing efforts to establish a local biotechnology industry, I reached out to learn more about PlantForm’s progress in navigating the regulatory landscape to bring its biosimilars closer to market.

  • How To Handle The Impending Biosimilar Pipeline Boom
    How To Handle The Impending Biosimilar Pipeline Boom

    There is no cut-and-dried approach to launching a biosimilar globally. It comes down to having the right commercial model for the right product in the right channel in the right market.  But knowing what is “right” will be a particular stumbling block for many companies.

  • Autologous Cell Therapies At Crossroads With FDA: What To Do Now?
    Autologous Cell Therapies At Crossroads With FDA: What To Do Now?

    Regulatory controls on local collection and processing of autologous cells present a major challenge to clinics that want to provide individualized therapies. How can pharma overcome the hurdles?

  • Building Thailand’s Biosimilar Industry From The Ground Up
    Building Thailand’s Biosimilar Industry From The Ground Up

    As the first of this two-part article revealed, the biosimilar market has undergone several revolutions since the release of the Thai FDA’s biosimilar guidelines in 2013. During our tour of Siam’s facilities, the company’s managing director, Songpon Deechongkit, Ph.D., shared the company’s history, overall biosimilar strategy, and some of the pros and cons of being the first and only biosimilar company in Thailand.

  • Best Practices In Formulation And Lyophilization Development
    Best Practices In Formulation And Lyophilization Development

    The ultimate goal of formulation development is a stable product. In the case of a protein product, that can be defined as delivering the correct dose, in the native secondary and tertiary structure, without unintended chemical modifications, and free of extrinsic and intrinsic particles. In many cases, a lyophilized formulation can provide the highest probability of technical success. A well-designed product development plan can develop a phase 1 product quickly, while laying the foundation for commercial product success.

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