Alvotech and JAMP Pharma Expand Exclusive Partnership Adding Two Biosimilar Candidates for Canadian Market, Bringing New Options for Patients in Specialty Care
- Expanded partnership covers biosimilar candidates in immunology and oncology
REYKJAVIK, Iceland and BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec, Oct. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alvotech (NASDAQ: ALVO), a global biotech company specializing in the development and manufacture of biosimilar medicines for patients worldwide, and the JAMP Pharma Group (JAMP Pharma), a Canadian owned pharmaceutical company headquartered in the Montreal area, announced today that the companies have expanded their exclusive partnership to commercialize biosimilars developed and manufactured by Alvotech, by adding two biosimilar candidates from Alvotech’s pipeline: AVT16 a biosimilar for an immunology product and AVT33, a biosimilar for an oncology product.
“We are very pleased to be expanding our partnership with Alvotech, in order to bring more affordable biologics to patients in Canada,” said Louis Pilon, President and CEO of the JAMP Pharma Group. “Having already launched Simlandi™, a biosimilar of Humira, we will continue to leverage our BIOJAMP™ and JAMP Care™ platforms for the benefit of patients and caregivers.”
“The partnership with JAMP Pharma will allow us to accelerate towards establishing a leadership position in the Canadian biosimilars market,” said Robert Wessman, Founder and Executive Chairman of Alvotech. “Our mission is to broaden and simplify access to new biosimilars for patients around the world."
Alvotech will be responsible for the development and commercial supply of the biosimilar candidates. In exchange for milestone payments and future sales royalties, JAMP Pharma will receive exclusive rights to commercialize Alvotech’s biosimilars in Canada, leveraging JAMP Pharma’s strong sales, marketing capabilities and experience in successfully commercializing new biosimilars in the fast-growing Canadian market.
In February 2022, JAMP Pharma announced the creation of BIOJAMP™ as part of its goal to establish itself as a leader in the Canadian biosimilars market. BIOJAMP™ and the JAMP Care™ patient support program, are both designed to simplify the process for patients and caregivers of transitioning to lower-cost biosimilar medicines.
About Simlandi™ (adalimumab)
Simlandi™ is a recombinant fully human immunoglobulin G1 (IgG1) kappa monoclonal antibody (mAb) that specifically binds to tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF) and blocks its interaction with the p55 (TNFR1) and p75 (TNFR2) cell surface TNF receptors, thereby neutralizing the effect of TNF in inflammatory conditions. Simlandi™ is an approved high-concentration, low-volume and citrate-free biosimilar to Humira® (adalimumab). The same biosimilar has also been approved in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, the UK and Switzerland as Hukyndra®. Dossiers are under review in multiple countries, including in the United States. JAMP Pharma launched Alvotech’s Simlandi™ in Canada in April 2022.
Alvotech is a biotech company, founded by Robert Wessman, focused solely on the development and manufacture of biosimilar medicines for patients worldwide. Alvotech seeks to be a global leader in the biosimilar space by delivering high quality, cost-effective products, and services, enabled by a fully integrated approach and broad in-house capabilities. Alvotech’s current pipeline contains eight biosimilar candidates aimed at treating autoimmune disorders, eye disorders, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, and cancer. Alvotech has formed a network of strategic commercial partnerships to provide global reach and leverage local expertise in markets that include the United States, Europe, Japan, China, and other Asian countries and large parts of South America, Africa and the Middle East. Alvotech’s commercial partners include Teva Pharmaceuticals, a US affiliate of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (US), STADA Arzneimittel AG (EU), Fuji Pharma Co., Ltd (Japan), Cipla/Cipla Gulf/Cipla Med Pro (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa/Africa), JAMP Pharma Corporation (Canada), Yangtze River Pharmaceutical (Group) Co., Ltd. (China), DKSH (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan), YAS Holding LLC (Middle East and North Africa), Abdi Ibrahim (Turkey), Kamada Ltd. (Israel), Mega Labs, Stein, Libbs, Tuteur and Saval (Latin America) and Lotus Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. (Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, and South Korea). Each commercial partnership covers a unique set of product(s) and territories. Except as specifically set forth therein, Alvotech disclaims responsibility for the content of periodic filings, disclosures and other reports made available by its partners. For more information, please visit www.alvotech.com. None of the information on the Alvotech website shall be deemed part of this press release.
About JAMP Pharma Group
Founded 34 years ago, the JAMP Pharma Group is a privately-owned Canadian company headquartered in the Montreal area. The Group is active in all sectors of the pharmaceutical industry with its generic products (JAMP Pharma), branded products (Orimed Pharma), natural health products (Wampole and Laboratoire Suisse), and beauty and personal care products (Cosmetic Import Ltd). Having experienced remarkable growth over the past 10 years, the JAMP Pharma Group has a broad and diversified portfolio with over 300 molecules and 180 supplements and beauty products. JAMP Pharma is among the industry leaders in terms of annual prescription volume1 and is the Canadian leader in product launches2. Recently, the Group has made a major investment in biosimilars with the launch of its BIOJAMPTM division. For more information, please visit www.jamppharma.ca/en/
(1) Pharmaceutical manufacturers with the highest reported prescription volume in Canada from August 2018 to August 2021. Based in part on data obtained under licence from IQVIA Solutions Canada Inc. on the following information service: CompuScript, August 2018 to August 2021. All rights reserved. This statement is not necessarily that of IQVIA Solutions Canada Inc. or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries.
(2) Total number of notices of compliance (NOC), Health Canada, from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021. (Public information available at https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/drug-products/notice-compliance.html)
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