Polpharma Biologics Group announces that its Bioeq joint venture company with Santo Holding (Strüngmann Group) has concluded a commercial partnership with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. for their biosimilar candidate of the ophthalmological drug Ranibizumab (Lucentis®) in Europe, Canada, Israel and New Zealand.
The reference product is a monoclonal anti-angiogenic antibody fragment (Fab) that has been approved to treat the “wet” type of age-related macular degeneration, a common form of age-related vision loss. Worldwide, at least 25 to 30 million people are affected by age-related macular degeneration. The launch of a biosimilar Ranibizumab can increase market competition, reduce cost and expand patient access with proven analytical and clinical similarity to the original product.
This agreement with Teva complements an existing agreement concluded with Coherus BioSciences, Inc. for commercialisation in the United States.
Dr Joerg Windisch, CEO of the Polpharma Biologics Group, commented on the achievements of the joint venture: “This is a huge milestone for the progression of a life changing therapeutic. We are proud the development program has been successfully completed, and that, through this agreement, more patients will gain access to highly effective treatments for vision loss including for age-related macular degeneration. This is another demonstration of our passion for providing safe and effective medicines to patients.”