THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) and Allergan plc. (NYSE:AGN) today announced that the Companies will discuss data supporting the ABP 215 Biologics License Application (BLA) with the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ABP 215 is a biosimilar candidate to Avastin® (bevacizumab) and is the first bevacizumab biosimilar candidate to be considered by the FDA.
“Amgen has worked diligently to apply our more than 35 years of experience in biotechnology to the development of biosimilars,” said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. “Today, we’re looking forward to discussing the comprehensive data package for ABP 215, Amgen’s first prospective oncologic biosimilar, with the FDA advisory committee.”
During the meeting, Amgen will present a comprehensive data package including the analytical, pharmacokinetic and clinical data, which demonstrate ABP 215 and bevacizumab are highly similar, with no clinically meaningful differences in terms of the efficacy, safety and immunogenicity between the products. Clinical studies included results from a Phase 3 study in patients with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which met its primary endpoint of showing clinical equivalence to bevacizumab.
ABP 215 is a biosimilar candidate to bevacizumab, a recombinant immunoglobulin G1 (IgG1) monoclonal antibody (mAb) that binds to vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and inhibits the interaction of VEGF with its receptors, VEGF receptor-1 and VEGF receptor-2, thus inhibiting establishment of new blood vessels necessary for the maintenance and growth of solid tumors.
“ABP 215 is the first product of our collaboration with Amgen to reach this important milestone,” said David Nicholson, chief R&D officer at Allergan. “If approved, ABP 215 has the potential to provide another high quality treatment option for cancer patients and pave the way for additional high quality oncology biosimilars from Allergan and Amgen.”
The FDA is not bound by the Committee’s recommendation but does takes its advice into consideration when considering the approval of a new therapeutic. The FDA has set a Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA) target action date of Sept. 14, 2017, for ABP 215.
Amgen and Allergan are collaborating on the development and commercialization of four oncology biosimilars. Amgen has a total of 10 biosimilars in its portfolio, one which has been approved by the FDA.
About ABP 215
ABP 215 is being developed as a biosimilar to bevacizumab, which is approved in the U.S., EU and other regions for the treatment of patients with unresectable, locally advanced, recurrent or metastatic non-squamous NSCLC as well as metastatic carcinoma of the colon or rectum; metastatic renal cell carcinoma; and other region-specific indications. On Dec. 2, 2016, Amgen and Allergan also submitted a Marketing Authorization Application to the European Medicines Agency for ABP 215.
About the Amgen and Allergan Collaboration
In December 2011, Amgen and Allergan plc. (then Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) formed a collaboration to develop and commercialize, on a worldwide basis, four oncology antibody biosimilar medicines. This collaboration reflects the shared belief that the development and commercialization of biosimilar products will not follow a pure brand or generic model, and will require significant expertise, infrastructure, and investment to ensure safe, reliably supplied therapies for patients. Under the terms of the agreement, Amgen will assume primary responsibility for developing, manufacturing and initially commercializing the oncology antibody products.
About Amgen Biosimilars
Amgen Biosimilars is committed to building upon Amgen’s experience in the development and manufacturing of innovative human therapeutics to expand Amgen’s reach to patients with serious illnesses. Biosimilars will help to maintain Amgen’s commitment to connect patients with vital medicines, and Amgen is well positioned to leverage its more than 35 years of experience in biotechnology to create high quality biosimilars and reliably supply them to patients worldwide.
About Amgen’s Commitment to Oncology
Amgen Oncology is committed to helping patients take on some of the toughest cancers, such as those that have been resistant to drugs, those that progress rapidly through the body and those where limited treatment options exist. Amgen’s supportive care treatments help patients combat certain side effects of strong chemotherapy, and our targeted medicines and immunotherapies focus on more than a dozen different malignancies, ranging from blood cancers to solid tumors. With decades of experience providing therapies for cancer patients, Amgen continues to grow its portfolio of innovative and biosimilar oncology medicines.
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.
Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world’s leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.
About Allergan plc
Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceuticals, devices and biologic products for patients around the world.
Allergan markets a portfolio of leading brands and best-in-class products for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women’s health, urology and anti-infective therapeutic categories.
Allergan is an industry leader in Open Science, the Company’s R&D model, which defines our approach to identifying and developing game-changing ideas and innovation for better patient care. This approach has led to Allergan building one of the broadest development pipelines in the pharmaceutical industry with 70+ mid-to-late stage pipeline programs in development.
Our Company’s success is powered by our more than 16,000 global colleagues’ commitment to being Bold for Life. Together, we build bridges, power ideas, act fast and drive results for our customers and patients around the world by always doing what is right.
With commercial operations in approximately 100 countries, Allergan is committed to working with physicians, healthcare providers and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help people around the world live longer, healthier lives every day.
For more information, visit Allergan’s website at www.Allergan.com.