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PlantForm Corp.

Betting a biosimilar antibody made in tobacco can challenge Herceptin

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

PlantForm Corp. calls the antibodies it’s producing in tobacco plants “subsequent-entry-biologic” antibody drugs. The first marketed product it hopes to emulate is Roche’s Herceptin. PlantForm’s biosimilar version of Herceptin could come to market years before Roche’s IP is void, because a tobacco-based production method does not infringe on intellectual property covering antibodies made in mammalian cells.

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