- Advanz Pharma will commercialize AVT23, a proposed biosimilar to Xolair® (omalizumab) in the European Economic Area, UK, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, Feb. 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alvotech (NASDAQ: ALVO), a global biotech company specializing in the development and manufacture of biosimilar medicines for patients worldwide, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Advanz Pharma, for the commercialization of AVT23, a proposed biosimilar to Xolair® (omalizumab). The agreement covers the European Economic Area, UK, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
“We look forward to working with Advanz Pharma on the commercialization of this important therapy in respiratory disease,” said Anil Okay, Chief Commercial Officer of Alvotech. “This agreement highlights our joint commitment to provide better patient access to more affordable biologics around the world.”
According to the agreement, Alvotech will be responsible for development and manufacture, while Advanz Pharma will handle registration and commercialization. The estimated market size of the reference product for the region included under this agreement is over US$ 1 bn, according to market data from IQVIA.
In February 2022, Alvotech announced an exclusive global licensing agreement with BiosanaPharma for the co-development of AVT23. Omalizumab is an antibody that targets free IgE and is used to treat patients with allergic asthma, chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) and nasal polyps. AVT23 is an investigational product and has not received regulatory approval in any country. Biosimilarity has not been established by regulatory authorities and is not claimed.
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.
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