The Spanish Cinfa Biotech’s race to compete with Amgen’s blockbuster for Chemotherapy-induced Neutropenia continues: the Neulasta biosimilar passes Phase I trials.
Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is a slightly longer acting version of Amgen’s other blockbuster Neupogen (the template for the first ever US approved biosimilar – from Novartis), the combined sales of which account for over 30% of Amgen’s income.
Used to treat Neutropenia (a result of chemo) for various cancers, Neulasta’s annual sales alone are worth around €3.5Bn. It is therefore understandable other biotechs, including Cinfa, seek to take a slice of Amgen’s market corner as soon as their patent expires.
Chemotherapy-Induced neutropenia can very serious for Cancer patients, as it leaves them vulnerable to life-threatening (yet normally very mild) infections.
Cinfa’s Biosimilar (B12019) is a pegylated granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) receptor agonist, which is used to stimulate the patients bone marrow to produce more neutrophils.