Apotex Inc. And Intas Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. Extend Their Collaborative Development Of Biosimilars To Include Pegfilgrastim
Published: Jan 30, 2009
Apotex, one of the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the world, has a strong registration, marketing & distribution team while IBPL, being a quality driven organization, offers a unique competitive advantage in terms of R&D and manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals. The deal offers immense growth opportunities for both, Apotex and IBPL, as they look to consolidate their presence in the global biosimilars market. With changing political and diplomatic scenario in US, both the companies expect speedy implementation of legislation related to biosimilars, which is much awaited development from industry fraternity across the globe.
Dr. Jeremy B. Desai, Apotex Executive Vice President, Research & Development said, “This agreement represents an important milestone for Apotex, as it continues to build the organization’s biosimilars pipeline.”
Speaking on the development, Mr. Mani Iyer, Executive Director, Intas Biopharmaceuticals Limited, said, “This agreement is a step forward to the vision that we all work for - to become a global biopharmaceutical company. This will provide accessibility of Neupeg™ to people outside of the subcontinent, who are currently relying heavily on innovator’s brand and other substitutes.”
As far as Pegylated Filgrastim is concerned, IBPL is the only biopharmaceutical company to manufacture it in India and market the same under the brand name Neupeg™. In India, the brand is a blockbuster drug and IBPL is looking to replicate the success of the brand in North America and Europe.
About Apotex Inc.
Apotex Inc. is the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company, employing over 6,800 people in research, development, manufacturing and distribution facilities world-wide. Apotex produces more than 300 generic molecules in a variety of different presentations, which, in Canada, are used to fill over 80 million prescriptions a year - the largest amount of any pharmaceutical company in this country. In the next 10 years, Apotex will spend $2 Billion in R&D and has presently over 600 products under development.
About Intas Biopharmaceuticals Limited
Since launch of biotechnology operations in May 2000, research & development, manufacturing and marketing of biopharmaceutical products, with a special focus on Oncology (Cancer), are major thrust areas for IBPL. The company is India’s first and only biopharmaceuticals manufacturing company to receive European Union – Good Manufacturing Practice (EU-GMP) certification and South African Medicines Control Council certification for GMP. Today, Intas Biopharmaceuticals Limited is the sole manufacturer to commercialize pegylated GCSF and markets under the brand name “NEUPEG™”. IBPL has launched four biosimilar products Neukine® (rHu G-CSF), Erykine™ / Epofit™ (rHu EPO), Intalfa™ (rHu IFN Alfa-2b) and Neupeg™ (rHu Peg GCSF) and marketing in India and international markets. The company is working on seven more biosimilar products, which will be launched in next 3 years in various markets.