Samsung Bioepis Is Latest To Move Ustekinumab Into Phase III
Joins A Slew Of Other Biosimilar Developers Jostling For Position On Stelara
Samsung Bioepis has become the latest firm to move an ustekinumab biosimilar into Phase III trials, with the firm’s SB17 proposed Stelara rival kicking off a study in plaque psoriasis patients.
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Samsung Bioepis has seen a positive opinion in the EU for its Byooviz (ranibizumab) biosimilar treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration turned into final approval by the European Commission. The company is also leading the pack in the US.
Japan’s Meiji Seika Pharma and Korea’s Dong-A have struck an exclusive licensing deal with Intas for global rights to the pair’s DMB-3115 proposed ustekinumab biosimilar to Stelara.