Celltrion and Teva Announce FDA Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee Recommends Approval of Celltrion BLA for CT-P10, a Proposed Rituximab Biosimilar

If approved, CT-P10, a proposed biosimilar to Rituxan® (rituximab), will be the first rituximab biosimilar to be approved in the United States

SILVER SPRING, MD, USA & JERUSALEM, Israel I October 10, 2018 I Celltrion, Inc. (KRX:068270) and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee voted unanimously 16-0 to recommend approval of CT-P10, a proposed monoclonal antibody (mAb) biosimilar to Rituxan®1 (rituximab) for the treatment of adult patients in three proposed indications. The proposed indications are: (1) relapsed or refractory, low-grade or follicular, CD20-positive, B-cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) as a single agent; (2) previously untreated follicular, CD20-positive, B-cell NHL in combination with first-line chemotherapy and, in patients achieving a complete or partial response to a rituximab product in combination with chemotherapy, as single-agent maintenance therapy; and (3) non-progressing (including stable disease), low-grade, CD20-positive, B-cell NHL as a single agent after first-line cyclophosphamide, vincristine, and prednisone chemotherapy.

The FDA will take the Committee’s recommendation into consideration before taking action on the Biologics License Application (BLA) for the proposed Rituxan® biosimilar.

The Committee based its recommendation on a review of a comprehensive data package inclusive of foundational analytical biosimilarity data, nonclinical data, clinical pharmacology, immunogenicity and clinical efficacy and safety data. The results of the clinical development program for CT-P10 demonstrated that there were no clinically meaningful differences between CT-P10 and Rituxan® in terms of the safety, purity and potency of the product for the three proposed indications.

“We welcome the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee’s recommendation. If approved by the FDA, CT-P10, a proposed biosimilar to Rituxan®, will be the first rituximab biosimilar to be approved in the United States for the three proposed indications,” said Woosung Kee, Chief Executive Officer of Celltrion. “The development of biosimilars is of great importance in the field of oncology, and has the potential to increase accessibility to therapies for patients.”

“If approved, Teva is well positioned to successfully commercialize CT-P10, given our unique portfolio of branded and generic medications, as well as patient support experience,” said Brendan O’Grady, Executive Vice President and Head of North America Commercial at Teva. “We are encouraged by the outcome of today’s meeting, which emphasizes the growing importance of biosimilars and the potential value to be introduced into our health systems.”

Celltrion and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. entered into an exclusive partnership in October 2016 to commercialize CT-P10 in the U.S. and Canada.

1 Rituxan® is a registered trademark of Biogen and Genentech USA, Inc.

About CT-P10

Celltrion’s CT-P10, a proposed biosimilar to Biogen and Genentech USA, Inc.’s Rituxan®, is currently approved in 47 countries across the globe. CT-P10 is the world’s first monoclonal antibody (mAb) biosimilar approved by the European Commission (EC) for the treatment of oncology and was first launched in Europe in 2017. The active substance in CT-P10, has been designed to bind specifically to the transmembrane protein CD20 found on both malignant and normal B cells.

About Celltrion, Inc.

Headquartered in Incheon, Korea, Celltrion is a leading biopharmaceutical company, specializing in research, development and manufacturing of biosimilar and innovative drugs. Celltrion strives to provide more affordable biosimilar mAbs to patients who previously had limited access to advanced therapeutics. Celltrion received FDA and EC’s approval for INFLECTRA® and Remsima®, respectively, which is the world’s first mAb biosimilar to receive approval from a regulatory agency in a developed country. For more information, visit www.celltrion.com.

About Teva

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is a global leader in generic medicines, with innovative treatments in select areas, including CNS, pain and respiratory. We deliver high-quality generic products and medicines in nearly every therapeutic area to address unmet patient needs. We have an established presence in generics, specialty, OTC and API, building on more than a century-old legacy, with a fully integrated R&D function, strong operational base and global infrastructure and scale. We strive to act in a socially and environmentally responsible way. Headquartered in Israel, with production and research facilities around the globe, we employ 45,000 professionals, committed to improving the lives of millions of patients. Learn more at www.tevapharm.com.

SOURCE: Celltrion

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