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Genentech, Hoffmann-La Roche, and Biogen have settled their BPCIA litigation against Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (“DRL”) and Fresenius Kabi.   As we previously reported, Genentech, Hoffmann-La Roche, and Biogen filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in November 2023, alleging that DRL’s proposed rituximab biosimilar to RITUXAN, DRL_RI, infringed

As we previously reported, on January 11, 2024, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Regeneron”) moved to establish a multi-district litigation (“MDL”) for its aflibercept BPCIA litigation, and to transfer its case against Amgen, Inc. (“Amgen”) to the Northern District of West Virginia under 28 U.S.C. § 1407.  The litigation consists of six actions—one against Amgen, pending

On April 4, 2024, Bristol Myers Squibb (“BMS”) and 2seventy bio, Inc. announced that the FDA has approved ABECMA (idecabtagene vicleucel) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma after two or more prior lines of therapy including an immunomodulatory agent (IMiD), a proteasome inhibitor (PI), and an anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody.

On April 1, 2024, the Federal Circuit released its opinion in Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. et al., affirming the district court’s finding that certain claims were not indefinite and remanding to the district court to reevaluate its obviousness decision.  The Federal Circuit’s analysis provides important considerations for life sciences

On April 5, the FDA granted accelerated approval to AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo’s ENHERTU (trastuzumab deruxtecan) for adult patients with unresectable or metastatic HER2-positive (IHC3+) solid tumors who have received prior systemic treatment and have no satisfactory alternative treatment options. ENHERTU, which is now FDA-approved for five indications, is a specifically engineered HER2-directed antibody drug

As we previously reported, REGENXBIO Inc. and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania filed suit in Delaware in June 2023 against Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc., Sarepta Therapeutics Three, LLC, and Catalent, Inc., alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 11,680,274 by Sarepta’s gene therapy product, ELEVIDYS (delandistrogene moxeparvovec-rokl).  On September 19, 2023, the Court issued

On March 18, 2024, Fresenius Kabi (“Fresenius”) and Formycon announced a settlement agreement with Johnson & Johnson regarding FYB202, a proposed ustekinumab biosimilar to STELARA in Europe and Canada.  The terms of the settlement are confidential.  According to the press release, the settlement agreement aligns with Fresenius’s recent achievements in its Biopharma segment, reflecting its

On March 18, 2024, the FDA approved Orchard Therapeutics’ LENMELDY, the first approved gene therapy for the treatment of children with metachromatic leukodysrophy (MLD).  MLD is a rare, fatal genetic disease affecting approximately one in every 40,000 individuals in the U.S.  LENMELDY is made from patient’s own hematopoietic (blood) stem cells, and the genetically modified

The Biden Administration recently released a 2025 Budget Proposal which includes permitting biosimilar substitution without the Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) separate determination of interchangeability.  Specifically, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)’s 2025 proposed budget includes a budget-neutral provision for allowing biosimilar substitution without a separate determination of interchangeability.  According to HHS,