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Lupin, Nichi-Iko unite to market biosimilar Etanercept in Japan

18 June 2018 | News

Developed by YL Biologics, a joint venture between Lupin’s subsidiary Lupin Atlantis Holdings SA (LAHSA) and Yoshindo, the product will be launched by Nichi-Iko after receiving approval from the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency.

Pharma major Lupin and Nichi-Iko announced that the two companies have entered into an agreement for the distribution, promotion and sale of Lupin’s recently-filed biosimilar Etanercept (YLB113) in Japan.

Developed by YL Biologics, a joint venture between Lupin’s subsidiary Lupin Atlantis Holdings SA (LAHSA) and Yoshindo, the product will be launched by Nichi-Iko after receiving approval from the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA).

 

“Etanercept is a key product as we build our biosimilars and complex generics pipeline. Our partnership with Nichi-Iko, takes us a step closer to the launch of our first in-house developed biosimilar that is used to combat a range of severe autoimmune disorders. The market for biologics in Japan is expected to reach $13.5 bn next year. The successful commercialization of our first biosimilar will help our foray into the fast-growing biologics space and also provide patients in Japan access to a highquality affordable alternative," Nilesh Gupta, Managing Director of Lupin stated.

 

In addition to Japan, Lupin has also submitted the Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for its Etanercept biosimilar to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

 

The indications targeted for approval are Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Axial spondyloarthritis, Non-radiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis and Plaque Psoriasis.

 

The ex-US market for Etanercept is estimated at $4 billion in Japan and Europe, along with other regulated and emerging markets.

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