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CPhI: Biocon will add 'multifold capacity' as it powers into biosimilars

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founder and managing director of India's Biocon, has had an interesting 36-year journey from brew master to biosimilars maker. She says her vision has always been for Biocon to affect global health in a big way.

Serum Institute allies with biotech in bid to cut cost of biosimilar production

The biosimilars market has attracted some big companies with even bigger claims about their ability to drive down manufacturing costs, with Samsung and its ambition to undercut biologic prices by 50% the standout example. Now a small Australian biotech is trumpeting the cost-saving it can realize after marrying its expression technology to the scale of the Serum Institute of India.

Bristol-Myers extends manufacturing pact with Samsung

Bristol-Myers Squibb hooked up with South Korea's Samsung last year when it wanted someone to handle manufacturing overseas for its hot-selling melanoma drug Yervoy. But with more promising biologics in its pipeline, the New York-based drugmaker has decided to deepen its commitment.

U.K. starts work on $64M biologics manufacturing center

The U.K. is investing £38 million in its National Biologics Manufacturing Centre, part of the country's "High Value Manufacturing Catapult" effort started several years ago to increase its presence in biologics.

Kyowa Hakko Kirin finishes $60M biologics API plant

Japanese drugmaker Kyowa Hakko Kirin, which develops its own drugs and is in a partnership with Fuji to make biosimilars, has completed construction on a new active pharmaceutical plant for biologics.

Sanofi, UCB team up in $138M deal aimed at tackling biologic blockbusters

Sanofi is joining forces with UCB to study new small-molecule approaches to treating inflammatory conditions like arthritis, looking for an easier form of administration to some of the blockbuster injected biologics that dominate the field. The pharma giant is ready to spend more than $138 million for a package of milestones and an upfront payment to UCB in exchange for the partnering arrangement with its NewMedicines research arm.

Obama administration looks to chop back market exclusivity for biologics

One of the signal achievements for the biotech industry in the Affordable Care Act was a provision granting 12 years of market exclusivity to biologics. The decade-plus period of protection against generic competition ensured that biologics would remain center stage in the R&D world, especially as Big Pharma tumbled over the patent cliff as it tried to rethink its megablockbuster-sized budgets for drug development.

Pfizer and MIT are looking for more efficient biologics manufacturing

Pfizer is partnering with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to see if they can find new processes that will cut costs and increase efficiency, the Boston Business Journal reports.

Cytovance expands its biologics manufacturing and warehousing operations

With the the coming entry of biosimilars in the U.S. and expansion of that market in Europe, biologic drugs are going to be in greater demand, as will the contract manufacturers who can supply the cell lines and special services needed to get them to market. Okalahoma-based Cytovance Biologics is joining a number of CMOs that are adding capacities to tap that growth.

Lonza's pharma unit sales suffer as it closes U.S. biologics plant

Swiss drug ingredient and chemical maker Lonza has reorganized its drug ingredient and custom pharma manufacturing units and is closing a U.S. plant to reduce costs, but so far the move has resulted in lower sales in pharma.