September 20, 2023 I Alvotech (NASDAQ: ALVO, or the “Company”), a global biotech company specializing in the development and manufacture of biosimilar medicines for patients worldwide, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted Alvotech’s resubmitted Biologics License Application (BLA) for AVT02, a high-concentration, interchangeable biosimilar candidate to Humira® (adalimumab). The FDA has also announced a Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA) goal date for approval of the resubmitted AVT02 BLA.

The BsUFA goal date provided by the FDA is February 24, 2024. The FDA indicated that Alvotech’s resubmission is considered to be a complete response to the agency’s June 28, 2023, action letter, given the additional Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls information submitted by the Company with the BLA to address manufacturing facility deficiencies identified earlier by the FDA.

“We remain committed to bringing AVT02 to patients in the U.S., where the need for a high-concentration, interchangeable biosimilar to Humira remains significant and unmet,” said Robert Wessman, Chairman and CEO of Alvotech. “No deficiencies in our BLA have been noted by the FDA other than those associated with our facility. We now await further guidance from the FDA on timing of a reinspection, which we expect to occur in advance of the BsUFA date.”

An interchangeable biosimilar may be substituted at the pharmacy without the intervention of the healthcare professional who prescribed the originator biologic, subject to variations in state pharmacy laws and practices. No interchangeable high-concentration adalimumab biosimilar is currently available to U.S. patients.

About AVT02 (adalimumab)
AVT02 is a monoclonal antibody and that has been approved as a biosimilar to Humira® (adalimumab) in several countries globally, including the 27 member states of the European Union, Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland, the UK, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. It is currently marketed in multiple European countries and in Canada. Dossiers are also under review in multiple countries globally.

About Alvotech

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), Advanz Pharma (EEA, UK, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand), 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 None of the information on the Alvotech website shall be deemed part of this press release.

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