Dean has built up a wealth of knowledge on the global generics and biosimilar medicines industries in his five years with Generics bulletin. He specializes in commercial and legal issues, writing in-depth analyses of corporate strategy and getting under the skin of patent-infringement proceedings and other litigation. He attends investor and regulatory meetings with business leaders, favoring the investor days with their focus on corporate strategy. In his spare time, Dean enjoys visiting museums and playing five-a-side football.
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The culmination of 15 years of work saw Perrigo introduce the first generic version of Teva’s ProAir in late February. Preliminary results released by the company for its financial first quarter reveal the launch has provided Perrigo with the expected boost in sales.
Sandoz has appointed a new leader for its Japanese business following the acquisition of Aspen’s local operations, while Stada has brought in a former Sandoz and Pfizer executive to lead its Ciclum Farma unit in Portugal. Meanwhile, Julphar has a new CEO.
Facing soaring legal costs stemming from its failed merger with Fresenius Kabi and burdened by substantial debt, Akorn elected to put itself up for sale earlier this year in order to help repay lenders. But the company has now defaulted on an agreement with its creditors after no bidder stepped up to the plate.
Pfizer has received European Commission approval for the firm’s Ruxience biosimilar to Roche’s MabThera brand, including as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, opening the door to a three-way biosimilar fight in the European Union.
Cipla is celebrating an “important milestone” for the company after the successful completion of a Phase III clinical trial comparing its proposed Advair generic with GSK’s brand in the US. Management has cautioned that approval will be a way off yet, however.
AzarGen and iBio have advanced their alliance, with the latter revealing it would now begin manufacturing and characterizing additional supplies of plant-based rituximab, to enable pre-clinical studies comparing it with Roche’s MabThera original.