JERUSALEM and INCHEON, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE:TEVA), Celltrion, Inc. and Celltrion Healthcare today announce that the companies have entered into an exclusive partnership to commercialize two of Celltrion’s mAb biosimilar candidates in the U.S. and Canada. CT-P10 is a proposed mAb biosimilar to Rituxan® (rituximab), which is used to treat patients with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL), Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Wegener’s Granulomatosis and Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA). CT-P6 is a proposed mAb biosimilar to Herceptin® (trastuzumab), which is used for the treatment of HER2-overexpressing breast cancer and for the treatment of HER2-overexpressing metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma. Combined annual net sales for Rituxan and Herceptin are approximately $6.5 billion in the U.S. and Canada.
“This commercial partnership with Celltrion enables Teva to expand into the upcoming wave of biosimilars and build on its strong position in the biosimilar space,” said Siggi Olafsson, President & CEO of Global Generic Medicines, Teva Pharmaceuticals. “The introduction of two additional mAb biosimilar candidates into our near-term pipeline bolsters our biosimilar portfolio and continues to leverage Teva’s unique cross-functional capabilities across both specialty and generic medicines. We look forward to our partnership with Celltrion with its expertise in mAb biosimilar development and manufacturing.”
Both CT-P10 and CT-P6 are currently in late-stage Phase III development and their primary endpoints have been successfully achieved. CT-P10 was submitted by Celltrion to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for review in October 2015. In the meantime, Celltrion is preparing CT-P6 for submission in Europe seeking approval from the EMA this quarter. As part of the agreement, Teva will be responsible for all commercial activities in the U.S. and Canada, pending regulatory approvals for both products. Celltrion has responsibility for completing all clinical development and regulatory activities.
“With Teva’s strong legacy and U.S. commercial presence in Oncology, we are pleased to partner with Celltrion to bring additional biosimilar treatment options to patients,” said Rob Koremans, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Global Specialty Medicines, Teva Pharmaceuticals. “By bringing two near-term treatment options into our product offering, we will continue our commitment to serving those dealing with cancer and other serious diseases.”
“As a global biopharmaceutical leader with established products as well as a robust biosimilar pipeline and novel drugs, we are very excited about our new partnership with Teva,” said HyoungKi Kim, Chief Executive Officer, Celltrion, Inc. “Following on the heels of our global success with Remsima™ (Inflectra™), our infliximab biosimilar, which has brought affordable and effective biologic treatment to many patients around the world with proven record of quality, efficacy and safety to the reference product, we are confident that we will be able to repeat the same success in the U.S and Canada with CT-P10 and CT-P6 through our partnership with Teva.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Teva will pay Celltrion Healthcare $160 million upfront of which up to $60 million is refundable or creditable under certain circumstances. Teva and Celltrion Healthcare will share profit from the commercialization of the mAb biosimilars.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company that delivers high-quality, patient-centric healthcare solutions used by millions of patients every day. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world’s largest generic medicines producer, leveraging its portfolio of more than 1,800 molecules to produce a wide range of generic products in nearly every therapeutic area. In specialty medicines, Teva has a world-leading position in innovative treatments for disorders of the central nervous system, including pain, as well as a strong portfolio of respiratory products. Teva integrates its generics and specialty capabilities in its global research and development division to create new ways of addressing unmet patient needs by combining drug development capabilities with devices, services and technologies. Teva's net revenues in 2015 amounted to $19.7 billion. For more information, visit www.tevapharm.com.
About Celltrion, Inc.
Based in Incheon, Republic of Korea, Celltrion, Inc. (KOSDAQ: 068270) is a global biopharmaceutical leader with strong research and development capabilities in biosimilar monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and novel drugs for various therapeutic areas, including oncology and autoimmune diseases. Founded in 2002, Celltrion focuses on promoting the health and welfare of patients in need of innovative biopharmaceutical products through world-class manufacturing and research facilities, developing state-of-the-art technologies, and establishing quality systems. Celltrion’s REMSIMA™ (infliximab) became the world’s first true biosimilar monoclonal antibody (mAb) proven equivalent in terms of quality, safety, and efficacy to previously-licensed infliximab and approved by the EMA and FDA. REMSIMA™ (INFLECTRA™) will be marketed by Pfizer in the United States. Celltrion’s research and development expertise, coupled with a passion for patient well-being, is a unique set of capabilities that allowed the Company to enter into this highly challenging space. For more information, visit www.celltrion.com
About Celltrion Healthcare
Celltrion Healthcare conducts the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution of biological medicines developed by Celltrion, Inc. through an extensive global network that spans more than 120 different countries. Celltrion Healthcare’s products are manufactured at state-of-the-art mammalian cell culture facilities, designed and built to comply with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cGMP guidelines and the EU GMP guidelines. For more information please visit: http://www.celltrionhealthcare.com/
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