US Trastuzumab Competition Heats Up
Mylan And Biocon’s Ogivri Biosimilar Leads New Wave Of Herceptin Rivals
Mylan and Biocon have launched their Ogivri trastuzumab biosimilar in the US, marking the second biosimilar rival to Herceptin and leading a new wave of trastuzumab biosimilars expected to arrive in the US early next year.
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Private equity group True North continues to back the Biocon group and is picking up a minority stake in Biocon Biologics in a deal that values the subsidiary at $3bn. Separately, another subsidiary, Biocon Biosphere, has also been set up as part of efforts to unlock the full potential of the business.