REYKJAVIK, Iceland and TOKYO, Jan. 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Alvotech (NASDAQ: ALVO), a global biotech company specializing in the development and manufacture of biosimilar medicines for patients worldwide, and Japanese pharmaceutical company Fuji Pharma Co., Ltd. (“Fuji”, Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4554) have decided to expand their existing exclusive commercialization partnership covering Japan, by adding a new undisclosed biosimilar candidate.
“We are pleased to expand our successful collaboration with Fuji. Just recently, we announced the submission of an application for marketing approval in Japan for the first biosimilar candidate developed under our partnership,” said Robert Wessman, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Alvotech.
“This extension to our existing agreement aligns with our common objective, which is to increase patient access to vital biologic medicines in the growing Japanese market,” said Takayuki Iwai, Fuji’s President and CEO.
The exclusive partnership agreement was first announced by Alvotech and Fuji in November 2018, and previously extended in December 2020 and February 2022, now covering seven biosimilars including the new candidate, to be developed and manufactured by Alvotech, and commercialized by Fuji in Japan. In October 2022 the partners announced the submission of an application to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for marketing approval of the first biosimilar candidate developed under the companies’ partnership.
Alvotech is a biotech company, founded by Robert Wessman, focused solely on the development and manufacture of biosimilar medicines for patients worldwide. Alvotech seeks to be a global leader in the biosimilar space by delivering high quality, cost-effective products, and services, enabled by a fully integrated approach and broad in-house capabilities. Alvotech’s current pipeline contains eight biosimilar candidates aimed at treating autoimmune disorders, eye disorders, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, and cancer. Alvotech has formed a network of strategic commercial partnerships to provide global reach and leverage local expertise in markets that include the United States, Europe, Japan, China, and other Asian countries and large parts of South America, Africa and the Middle East. Alvotech’s commercial partners include Teva Pharmaceuticals, a US affiliate of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (US), STADA Arzneimittel AG (EU), Fuji Pharma Co., Ltd (Japan), Cipla/Cipla Gulf/Cipla Med Pro (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa/Africa), JAMP Pharma Corporation (Canada), Yangtze River Pharmaceutical (Group) Co., Ltd. (China), DKSH (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan), YAS Holding LLC (Middle East and North Africa), Abdi Ibrahim (Turkey), Kamada Ltd. (Israel), Mega Labs, Stein, Libbs, Tuteur and Saval (Latin America) and Lotus Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. (Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, and South Korea). Each commercial partnership covers a unique set of product(s) and territories. Except as specifically set forth therein, Alvotech disclaims responsibility for the content of periodic filings, disclosures and other reports made available by its partners. For more information, please visit www.alvotech.com. None of the information on the Alvotech website shall be deemed part of this press release.
About Fuji Pharma
Fuji Pharma Co., Ltd. is a Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) listed, Japan-based pharmaceutical company mainly engaged in the manufacture and sale of prescription based pharmaceutical products. Fuji Pharma focuses on development and commercialization of hormone medicines for obstetrics and gynecology therapies, as well as injectable drugs including diagnostic pharmaceutical products. Fuji Pharma was among the pioneers in Japan to develop and obtain biosimilar approval in Japan for G-CSF in 2013. In its Mid-Term Business Plan (FY9/2020-9/2024), Fuji Pharma aims to become the No. 1 biosimilar manufacturer in Japan by FY9/2029.
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