FDA greenlights first made-in-China PD-1 as Junshi, Coherus beat BeiGene to the punch
The first Chinese PD-1 is coming to the US market, as the FDA approves toripalimab in recurrent or metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) across all lines of treatment.
Junshi Biosciences — which back in 2018 became the first drugmaker to win approval in China for a homegrown checkpoint inhibitor — was the original developer of the drug. But Coherus BioSciences paid $150 million upfront in early 2021 for US and Canada rights. The antibody, which is marketed as Tuoyi in China, will be branded as Loqtorzi in the US, with its launch planned for the first quarter of 2024.
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