NANOHALE AG (FRA:FYB) U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved FYB201/CIMERLITM1 (ranibizumab-eqrn), the first and only biosimilar interchangeable with Lucentis®2

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved FYB201/CIMERLITM1 (ranibizumab-eqrn), the first and only biosimilar interchangeable with Lucentis®2

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Press Release // August 3, 2022


U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved FYB201/CIMERLITM1 (ranibizumab-eqrn), the first and only biosimilar interchangeable with Lucentis®2

  • CIMERLI™ is the only biosimilar approved for all five Lucentis® indications
  • Commercially available in 0.3 mg and 0.5 mg dosages
  • U.S. commercial launch by Coherus BioSciences, Inc. expected in early October 2022

Munich, Amsterdam, Zug – Formycon AG (“Formycon”), Polpharma Biologics Group BV (“Polpharma Biologics”) and Bioeq AG (“Bioeq”) jointly announce, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has approved CIMERLI™ (ranibizumab-eqrn), a biosimilar product interchangeable with Lucentis® (ranibizumab injection).

FYB201 was developed by Bioeq, a Joint Venture between Formycon and Polpharma Biologics. End of the year 2019, Coherus BioSciences, Inc. (“Coherus”) entered into a license agreement for the exclusive commercialization of FYB201 under the brand name CIMERLI™ in the United States of America (“U.S.”).

CIMERLI™ obtained approval from FDA for the treatment of Age-Related Neovascular (wet) Macular Degeneration (nAMD) and other serious retinal diseases such as Diabetic Macular Edema (DME), Diabetic Retinopathy (DR), Macular Edema following Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO) and Myopic Choroidal Neovascularization (mCNV). CIMERLI™ is the first and only interchangeable biosimilar with an exclusivity for 12 months after market launch that is indicated for the treatment of all five Lucentis® indications and as such is a new medical option for patients with serious retinal diseases. [i] 

FDA-approval and interchangeability designation are based on a totality of evidence including analytical, nonclinical, clinical and manufacturing data. Efficacy, safety, pharmacokinetics and immunogenicity of CIMERLI™ were found to be comparable to the reference drug Lucentis® in patients with Age-Related Neovascular (wet) Macular Degeneration (nAMD). Clinical readouts from the randomized, double-masked, parallel group, multicenter phase III study (COLUMBUS AMD) have been published in the peer-reviewed journal Ophthalmology. [ii]

CIMERLI™ belongs to the anti-VEGF therapy class of biologics that have been revolutionary in helping retinal patients in maintaining or regaining vision. It inhibits vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which is responsible for the excessive formation of blood vessels in the retina. The U.S. market for ophthalmic drugs in anti-VEGF therapy is around $7 billion per year and, according to analysts, will continue to grow further. The commercial launch of CIMERLI™, in both 0.3mg and 0.5mg dosages, in the U.S. by Coherus, is planned for early October.

“We are very delighted about the full label approval as it will allow to offer this highly effective treatment option to an increasing number of patients with retinal diseases. At the same time, we would like to thank our partners Bioeq and Polpharma Biologics for the excellent joint development work and are pleased that Coherus acts as commercialization partner for the U.S.,” explained Dr. Stefan Glombitza, CEO of Formycon AG.

“As the impact of serious retinal diseases continues to rise in the U.S., it is critical that treatment options are both efficacious and affordable. Advanced biosimilars to Lucentis® can change patients’ lives, while also minimizing the financial impact of the cost of treatment on healthcare systems,” said Michael Soldan, CEO of Polpharma Biologics Group. “Polpharma Biologics is proud to have collaborated with Formycon and Bioeq on the development of ranibizumab biosimilar and we are excited about our contribution to this valuable treatment option that we expect to positively impact many patients lives.”

1) CIMERLI™ is a trademark of Coherus BioSciences, Inc.

2) Lucentis® is a registered trademark of Genentech Inc.


About Formycon:
Formycon (ISIN: DE000A1EWVY8 / WKN: A1EWVY) is a leading, independent developer of high-quality biopharmaceutical medicines, especially biosimilars. The company focuses on treatments in ophthalmology, immunology and on other key chronic diseases, covering the entire value chain from technical development to the clinical phase III as well as the preparation of dossiers for marketing approval. With its biosimilars, Formycon is making a major contribution towards providing as many patients as possible with access to vital and affordable medicines. Formycon currently has four biosimilars in development. Based on its extensive experience in the development of biopharmaceutical drugs, the company is also working on the development of a COVID-19 drug FYB207.

About Polpharma Biologics:
Polpharma Biologics is an international biotechnology company with integrated operations in the European Union (EU), developing and manufacturing biosimilar medicines. Polpharma Biologics develops biosimilar products to treat a range of conditions in major therapeutic areas. Programs at Polpharma Biologics start in cell line development and transition through technical and clinical development to commercial-scale production, preparing drugs for future commercial partnerships with global pharmaceutical organizations. The company pipeline contains more than six biosimilars in different stages of development, including PB006 (biosimilar natalizumab) recently accepted for review by the EMA and FDA.

About Bioeq:
Bioeq is a Swiss biopharmaceutical joint venture between Formycon AG and Polpharma Biologics Group. Bioeq develops, licenses and commercializes biosimilars. www.bioeq.ch

About Coherus BioSciences:
Coherus is a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company building a leading immuno-oncology franchise funded with cash generated by its commercial biosimilar business. In 2021, Coherus in-licensed toripalimab, an anti-PD-1 antibody, in the United States and Canada. A biologics license application for toripalimab for the treatment of nasopharyngeal carcinoma is under review by the FDA with a target action date of December 23, 2022. Coherus markets UDENYCA® (pegfilgrastim-cbqv), a biosimilar of Neulasta® in the U.S., and expects to launch CIMERLI™ (ranibizumab-eqrn) in the U.S. in early in October 2022, as well as the FDA-approved Humira® biosimilar YUSIMRY™ (adalimumab-aqvh) in the U.S. in 2023.

 About Biosimilars:
Since their introduction in the 1980s, biopharmaceuticals have revolutionized the treatment of serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and eye diseases. In the coming years, many of these biotech drugs will lose their patent protection – and by 2020, medications with revenues of approximately USD 100 billion will be off patent. Biosimilars are follow-on versions of biopharmaceuticals, for which exclusivity has expired. They are approved via stringent regulatory pathways in highly regulated markets (such as EU, US, Japan, Canada, Australia) based on proven similarity of the biosimilar with the originator biopharmaceutical reference product. Global sales of biosimilars are estimated to exceed $15 billion by 2020. By 2030, analysts estimate that this figure could rise to over $60 billion.

Sabrina Müller
Senior Manager Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
Formycon AG
Fraunhoferstr. 15
82152 Martinsried/Planegg/Germany
phone +49 (0) 89 - 86 46 67 149
fax + 49 (0) 89 - 86 46 67 110
Sabrina.Mueller@formycon.com // www.formycon.com

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[i] U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website. Available from: https://www.fda.gov/

[ii] Holz  FG, Oleksy P, Ricci F, et al. Efficacy and Safety of Biosimilar FYB201 Compared with Ranibizumab in Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Ophthalmology. 2022; 129 (1): 54-63

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