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IP is at the heart of life sciences innovation

by Hogan Lovells on

In recent years, technology and innovation has advanced at an unprecedented pace. Flying taxi drones, self-driving cars and 3D-printers immediately come to mind. However, exciting progress has been made in life sciences and...more

FDA Issues Immediately Effective Guidance Allowing Waiver of Informed Consent for Minimal Risk Research

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a guidance document announcing its intention not to object to an IRB’s waiving or altering the informed consent requirements for an FDA-regulated clinical...more

The Travails of the First U.S. EPO Biosimilar

Pfizer’s proposed biosimilar of Amgen’s Epogen® and Johnson & Johnson’s Procrit® (epoetin alfa) is poised to be the first erythropoietin (EPO) biosimilar in the U.S. FDA staff recommended approval of Pfizer’s product as a...more

BIOCAD Announces Impending Approval of its Rituximab Biosimilar in India

by Goodwin on

On July 4, 2017, BIOCAD, a Russia biotechnology company, announced that in August 2017, it expects to receive permanent market authorization in India for Acellbia, its rituximab biosimilar. BIOCAD reports that its first...more

Relocation of the European Medicines Agency – France shows EMA its smooth moves

by Hogan Lovells on

With Brexit under way, the European Medicines Agency is looking for a new home. France revealed itself as a serious contender when it considered offering not just one hosting place for the Agency, but five! Up until recently,...more

What does Brexit mean for life sciences companies in the EU and UK?

by Hogan Lovells on

Life sciences companies in both the EU and the UK are beginning to speculate on what Brexit will mean for business. In this video, Elisabethann Wright, partner, and Jane Summerfield, counsel, in our European Life Sciences...more

The Age of Competition - The Supreme Court Decides the First BPCIA Case

by King & Spalding on

In a landmark ruling for the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, a unanimous Supreme Court decided Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc., 582 U.S. ____, Nos. 15-1039, 15-1195 (June 12, 2017), its first biosimilar case governed by the...more

FDA Begins Reorganization that Will Affect How it Regulates Medical Technology

by Hogan Lovells on

What impact will the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s significant reorganization efforts have on how the agency regulates medical technology? The agency is reorganizing the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) and combining...more

Relocation of the EU Medicines Agency – Spain

by Hogan Lovells on

"Spain is waiting for the EMA. Barcelona is ready". With this conviction, and with the conviction that everything is ready, the Spanish Minister for Health addressed the European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety, Mr...more

21st Century Cures: What's In the Box?

by Mark Mansour on

One of FDA’s most important tasks in the coming months will be the implementation of the 1,000 page long 21st Century Cures bill, enacted last year. We have assembled a quick, bullet-pointed summary of some of the major...more

UK Government Given Additional Powers to Control NHS Medicine Prices

by Hogan Lovells on

The new Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act 2017 came into force on 27 April 2017, giving the Department of Health greater powers to control the cost of medicines supplied to the National Health Service (NHS)....more

How Washington Can Help Biotechs

by Mark Mansour on

Biotechnology companies are making daily breakthroughs in understanding genetic and biomolecular causes of disease, and are committed to developing the next generation of medicines to transform patient care. It has been...more

Relocation of the EU Medicines Agency – Germany

by Hogan Lovells on

"EMA" and "gErMAny" – far more in common than mere letters - The European Medicines Agency (the "EMA"/"Agency") has reached celebrity-style status in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, and is being wooed by most European...more

How Pharma, Biotech and Medical Device Companies Can Protect Against Product Liability Lawsuits

by Mark Mansour on

Among the many concerns manufacturers of therapeutics face is that of product liability lawsuits. While it is difficult to entirely eliminate the risk, there are steps companies can take to minimize it. Here are a few...more

Is there a legislative fix for biotech patents?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

By some accounts, we have entered a golden age for innovation in personalised medicine. Through scientific advancements in the study of genetic coding and molecular analysis, it is now possible to screen an individual for...more

Compliance Deadline for New ClinicalTrials.gov Regulations is Tuesday April 18 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

On 21 September 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule that clarified and expanded the requirements for clinical trial registration and results submission on the ClinicalTrials.gov...more

Guidebook: Cybersecurity in the Pharma, Biotech, and Medical Devices Industries

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As a life sciences or medical device company, it is mission critical to protect lab books, drug and clinical test data, product formulas and production processes that underlie your patents, trade secrets and know-how from...more

A Chinese healthcare boom

by Hogan Lovells on

Presenting a tremendous potential for growth fueled by domestic demographic and economic forces, China's healthcare industry has attracted notable PE investments in recent years. And with some commentators projecting that...more

Preparing Biotech Patent Applications - Ten Strategies for Success

by Knobbe Martens on

Obtaining issued patents in the biotechnology space can be a challenge. Here is a list of ten patent strategies we recommend for biotechnology innovators to increase their odds of obtaining valuable intellectual property...more

Relocation of the EU Medicines Agency - The Netherlands: Tulips & EMA, a Gouda combination

by Hogan Lovells on

The EMA is looking for a new home. According to the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports' formal bid, this home is where the heart of the Netherlands is. It might not have the food,...more

EMA pilot project on tailored scientific advice to support new biosimilars

by Hogan Lovells on

In February 2017, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) will launch a pilot project to provide tailored scientific advice for the development of new biosimilars, i.e. biological medicinal products that are similar to a...more

EMA Update concerning EU Clinical Trials portal and database

by Hogan Lovells on

Regulation (EU) No 536/2014 of 16 April 2014 on clinical trials on medicinal products for human use, and repealing Directive 2001/20/EC (“the Clinical Trials Regulation”) was adopted and entered into force in 2014. The...more

What Is The Trump Pharmaceutical Policy?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Pharmaceutical stocks took a hit after President-elect Trump criticized the industry during his January 11, 2017 press conference. But he also expressed support for the domestic pharmaceutical industry. What is the Trump...more

EMA hosts workshop on adaptive pathways

by Hogan Lovells on

On 8 December 2016, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) organised a workshop in collaboration with the European Commission to gather the views and proposals from stakeholders on the adaptive pathways approach. The aim...more

21st Century Cures Act’s Effect on Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries

by Morgan Lewis on

The 21st Century Cures Act contains significant new mandates for both the FDA and NIH that affect the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and are intended to advance drug research, discovery, approval, and promotion...more

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