Biocon and Pfizer Enter Into Global Commercialization Agreement
October 18, 2010
PRNewswire reports, Asia''s premier biotechnology company, Biocon, and Pfizer Inc. announced they have entered into a strategic global agreement for the worldwide commercialization of Biocon''s biosimilar versions of Insulin and Insulin analog products: Recombinant Human Insulin, Glargine, Aspart and Lispro. Pfizer will have exclusive rights to commercialize these products globally, with certain exceptions, including co-exclusive rights for all of the products with Biocon in Germany, India and Malaysia. Pfizer will also have co-exclusive rights with existing Biocon licensees with respect to some of the products, primarily in a number of developing markets. Biocon will remain responsible for the clinical development, manufacture and supply of these biosimilar Insulin products, as well as for regulatory activities to secure approval for these products in various geographies. Biocon''s Recombinant Human Insulin formulations are approved in 27 countries in developing markets, and commercialized in 23, while Glargine has been launched in its first market, India. Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer will make upfront payments totaling $200 million. Biocon is also eligible to receive additional development and regulatory milestone payments of up to $150 million and will receive additional payments linked to Pfizer''s sales of its four Insulin biosimilar products across global markets.