Alvotech and Bioventure Announce Approval of AVT02 (adalimumab) in Egypt
- Approval of Adalimumab-EVA™ represents the second biosimilar approval under the strategic partnership between Alvotech and Bioventure
REYKJAVIK, Iceland and DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 29, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alvotech (NASDAQ: ALVO) and Bioventure, a wholly owned subsidiary of GlobalOne Healthcare Holding LLC, today announced that the Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA) has approved the manufacturing and distribution of AVT02 (adalimumab) a biosimilar for Humira®, which is commonly indicated for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and several other inflammatory diseases, under the trade name Adalimumab-EVA™.
A biosimilar is a biologic medicine that is highly similar to and has no clinically meaningful differences from an existing approved biologic medicine or reference product. The development and advancement of biologics has provided novel and life-changing treatments across therapeutic areas and for a variety of chronic diseases. The introduction of biosimilars frequently leads to higher utilization of the molecule as lower costs offer increased access to patients .
“We are very pleased with the approval of AVT02 in Egypt. Alvotech’s mission is to increase patient access worldwide to more affordable biologics and this represents another important milestone in our partnership covering the Middle East and North Africa,” said Robert Wessman, Chairman and CEO of Alvotech.
“Remaining determined in our commitment to enhance healthcare access and improve patient well-being, today we mark an important milestone as Bioventure and Alvotech celebrate the approval of AVT02 in Egypt,” stated Ashraf Radwan, CEO of Global One Healthcare Holding and Bioventure. “At Bioventure, we are dedicated to developing products and services that enhance patients' quality of life, driven by our vision of a world where the benefits of biotechnology are accessible to all.”
Bioventure is Alvotech’s exclusive strategic partner for the commercialization of AVT02 (adalimumab) and other biosimilar candidates in the Middle East and North Africa. Alvotech handles development and manufacturing, while Bioventure is responsible for commercialization. The partnership earlier announced the approval of AVT02 in Saudi Arabia, where it will be marketed as Simlandi™.
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AVT02 is a monoclonal antibody and 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.
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 www.alvotech.com. None of the information on the Alvotech website shall be deemed part of this press release.
Established as the investment arm of GlobalOne Healthcare Holding LLC, Bioventure aims to support innovation, business development, and global reach of value-added healthcare solutions. Bioventure’s three-strand approach includes licensing, investment, and increased market access. It helps pharmaceutical companies license biosimilars and new innovative products, as well as expanding market presence and manufacturing capabilities. The company is the exclusive license holder for Alvotech’s biosimilar portfolio and pipeline within Middle East and Africa. Bioventure partners with late-stage biotech as well as health/medtech startups, to help drive innovation and excellence within the region. It does so through licensing, registration, acquisition, and strategic investment. For more information, please visit Bioventure, visit: www.yasholding.ae/bioventure/
About GlobalOne Healthcare
GlobalOne Healthcare Holding LLC (GHH) operates as the Healthcare Division of Yas Holding LLC. With investments in leading bio-pharmaceuticals and innovative manufacturing solutions, GHH is delivering on its commitment to improve healthcare outcomes and patient quality of life. GHH’s healthcare portfolio focuses on the provision of world-class healthcare services across a range of areas including customised clinical and non-clinical hospital management and healthcare consultancy services. Our companies specialise in biopharma, hospital management, medical supply chain, manufacturing, and occupational health.
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