A new adalimumab biosimilar will become available in the European Union later this year, but a court settlement will keep Samsung Bioepis’ competitor off U.S. shelves until 2023.
Under the settlement, AbbVie, which manufactures adalimumab (
Biogen and Bioepis hailed the settlement as a victory, but Imraldi won’t be the first Humira biosimilar to break into the U.S. market. Last September, AbbVie a similar suit with Amgen, granting patent licenses for the global use and sale of its anti–tumor necrosis factor–alpha antibody, Amgevita/Amjevita. Amgen expects to launch Amgevita in Europe on Oct. 16, 2018, and in the United States on Jan. 31, 2023. Samsung Bioepis’ U.S. license date will not be accelerated upon Amgen’s entry.
Ian Henshaw, Biogen’s global head of biosimilars, said the deal further strengthens the company’s European biosimilars reach.
“Biogen is a leader in the emerging field of biosimilars through Samsung Bioepis, our joint venture with Samsung BioLogics,” Mr. Henshaw said in a press
AbbVie focused on the settlement as a global recognition of its leadership role in developing the anti-TNF-alpha antibody.
“The Samsung Bioepis settlement reflects the strength and breadth of AbbVie’s intellectual property,” Laura Schumacher, the company’s general counsel, said in the Abbvie statement. “We continue to believe biosimilars will play an important role in our healthcare system, but we also believe it is important to protect our investment in innovation. This agreement accomplishes both objectives.”
Samsung Bioepis will pay royalties to AbbVie for licensing its adalimumab patents once its biosimilar product is launched. As is the case with the prior Amgen resolution, AbbVie will not make any payments to Samsung Bioepis. “All litigation pending between the parties, as well as all litigation with Samsung Bioepis’ European partner, Biogen, will be dismissed. The precise terms of the agreements are confidential,” the Abbvie statement said.
The settlement brings to a closing a flurry of lawsuits Samsung Bioepis filed against AbbVie in 2017.