Biogen, Samsung Bioepis look to carve up a blockbuster Roche franchise with deep discount biosimilar
Biogen and their biosimilar partners at Samsung Bioepis are rolling out their copycat version of Roche’s anti-VEGF blockbuster Lucentis today, 8 months after it was approved by the FDA. And they’re planning to dive straight into a wet AMD market dominated by Regeneron’s Eylea with a hefty 40% discount off the branded original.
The partners say they’ll offer Byooviz for $1,130 per single-use vial, looking to angle in on a franchise that delivered $1.35 billion to Roche subsidiary Genentech from US sales last year. Ex-US sales topped $2 billion for Novartis, which shares commercial rights on the drug.
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