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Clinical Trial Strategies in Biosimilar Drug Development

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Clinical Trial Strategies in Biosimilar Drug Development
Published: October 13, 2017 Content info: 149 Pages
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As the patent cliff for many blockbuster biologic therapies is approaching, clinical development programs for biosimilar options to those therapies are emerging at a rapid pace. Among the key areas of development is biologics in the autoimmune/inflammation, oncology, and endocrinology/nephrology space. Sponsors of biosimilar projects are carefully designing their trials, assessing the most suitable target populations, and geography.

The concept of interchangeability in the US, where a reference product and a biosimilar are considered freely interchangeable, is not seen in Europe or other developed regions. By gaining an interchangeability status, a biosimilar may greatly enhance its uptake, however the FDA requires that the applicant should strictly adhere to the recently issued Guidelines on Interchangeability. The guideline asks sponsors to conduct a tailored clinical investigation containing multiple elements of switching between the brand and biosimilar as a proof that switching is a safe practice. This report outlines the approaches to switching that various sponsors have adopted prior to the availability of the FDA guidance, and after its publication.

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • The volume of biosimilar clinical trials initiated globally is growing
  • Autoimmune/inflammation is the top targeted area for biosimilar development
  • Oncology biosimilars come as a second choice for biosimilar developers
  • Biosimilars in endocrinology/nephrology are progressing through the pipeline
  • Some biosimilar sponsors also target therapy areas such as ophthalmology, reproductive health, and multiple sclerosis
  • Biosimilar sponsors may employ switching designs in their Phase III trials to demonstrate interchangeability

OVERVIEW OF CLINICAL TRIAL STRATEGIES

  • Biosimilar development is associated with many risks, but potential high returns
  • Comparison of biosimilar approval pathways
  • Views on indication extrapolation differ among regulatory authorities
  • The FDA outlined requirements for biosimilar sponsors seeking interchangeability status
  • Bibliography

GLOBAL TRENDS IN BIOSIMILAR CLINICAL TRIALS

  • The total number of clinical trials for biosimilar candidates has been incrementally increasing
  • The growth in biosimilar clinical trial volume is driven by the expiration of branded drug patents
  • A higher proportion of bioisimilar development projects is targeted towards regulated markets
  • A diverse range of industry sponsors are involved in biosimilar clinical development
  • Biosimilar sponsors carefully choose trial location regions
  • The top three therapy areas for the development of biosimilars are autoimmune and inflammation, oncology, and endocrinology/nephrology
  • Biosimilar sponsors carefully choose which disease indications to study in clinical trials
  • Bibliography

AUTOIMMUNE/INFLAMMATION BIOSIMILAR TRIAL TRENDS

  • Autoimmune/inflammation is the therapeutic area most often targeted by biosimilar developers
  • The most often targeted molecules in regulated markets are anti-TNF therapies
  • Biosimilar sponsors initiating trials in A/I indications are joining a highly competitive space
  • Analysis of tested A/I indications for biosimilars
  • Europe is the most active clinical trial hub for A/I biosimilar clinical development
  • Bibliography

ONCOLOGY BIOSIMILAR TRIAL TRENDS

  • Oncology is the second most often targeted therapeutic area by biosimilar developers
  • Sponsors developing biosimilars in oncology are targeting three blockbuster Mabs
  • Analysis of biosimilar sponsors conducting clinical trials in oncology indications
  • Choosing an appropriate target population for oncology biosimilar trials is essential
  • Europe has the highest number of clinical trial sites for oncology biosimilars
  • Bibliography

ENDOCRINOLOGY/NEPHROLOGY BIOSIMILAR TRIAL TRENDS

  • Endocrinology/nephrology is the third most often targeted therapeutic area by biosimilar developers
  • Insulin products and erythropoetin stimulating agents are among the top reference choices for developers of biosimilars in
  • endocrinology/nephrology
  • Analysis of biosimilar sponsors conducting clinical trials in endocrinology/nephrology indications
  • The US is the most active region chosen for the clinical development of endocrinology/nephrology biosimilars
  • Bibliography

BIOSIMILAR TRIAL TRENDS IN OTHER THERAPEUTIC AREAS

  • A key biosimilar target in ophthalmology is the monoclonal antibody ranibizumab
  • A key biosimilar target in reproductive health is follitropin alfa
  • Biosimilar sponsors also develop biosimilars in hematology, hepatitis C, and multiple sclerosis
  • Bibliography

PHASE III SWITCHING STUDY DESIGNS AND BIOSIMILAR INTERCHANGEABILITY

  • There is a need for data from switching studies
  • The FDA has issued draft interchangeability guidelines to shed some light on the issue of interchangeability
  • Biosimilar sponsors may conduct switching studies to assess safety and effectiveness of switching between the brand and
  • the biosimilar
  • Bibliography

APPENDIX

  • Scope
  • Methodology

LIST OF FIGURES

  • Figure 1: Clinical trial volume over time, per trial phase, 2011-17
  • Figure 2: Volume of biosimilar clinical trial starts by geographic market type, all therapeutic areas, 2011-17
  • Figure 3: Volume of biosimilar trials per wave in all regions, 2011-17
  • Figure 4: Volume of biosimilar trials per wave, in regulated markets and ROW, 2011-17
  • Figure 5: Biosimilar clinical trial starts, all therapeutic areas, 2011-17, by trial phase
  • Figure 6: Clinical trials in the regulated markets and in ROW regions: top 10 sponsors by total number, 2011-17
  • Figure 7: Volume of biosimilar clinical trials by sponsor and phase: top 15 sponsors, all regions, 2011-17
  • Figure 8: Volume of biosimilar clinical trials in the regulated markets and ROW, by country
  • Figure 9: Biosimilar clinical trial location by sponsor in the regulated markets: top 15 sponsors, by trial volume
  • Figure 10: Biosimilar clinical trial location by sponsor in ROW: top 15 sponsors, by trial volume
  • Figure 11: Volume of biosimilar clinical trials, by therapeutic area
  • Figure 12: Volume of clinical trial starts by therapeutic area in the regulated markets and ROW
  • Figure 13: Proportion of clinical trial volume within a specific therapeutic area, regulated markets, 2011-17
  • Figure 14: Overall biosimilar clinical trial volume by choice of reference product (top 10 products)
  • Figure 15: Volume of clinical trials targeting a specific disease indication: top 10 indications
  • Figure 16: Volume of Phase I and Phase III biosimilar clinical trials targeting a specific disease indication, regardless of region: top 5 indications per phase
  • Figure 17: Volume of Phase IV biosimilar clinical trials targeting a specific disease indication, regardless of region: top 10 indications
  • Figure 18: Volume of biosimilar clinical trial starts by geographic market type, A/I indications, 2011-17
  • Figure 19: Volume of biosimilar clinical trial starts by geographic market type, A/I indications
  • Figure 20: Choice of reference product for A/I biosimilar clinical trials, all regions and phases
  • Figure 21: Number of biosimilar trials in A/I indications, per reference product and phase
  • Figure 22: Clinical trial volume of biosimilar programs in A/I diseases, by start year, 2011-17
  • Figure 23: Top biosimilar sponsors in A/I indications, per phase
  • Figure 24: Map of the pipeline progress of the top 10 biosimilar developers in the A/I space in the EU, US, and Japan
  • Figure 25: Volume of A/I clinical trial starts per sponsor, per reference molecule: top sponsors
  • Figure 26: Status and sponsors of multinational Phase III A/I biosimilars programs
  • Figure 27: Volume of Phase III trials for biosimilars of each A/I reference product in the regulated markets
  • Figure 28: Status of Phase III A/I biosimilar trials for the top 10 sponsors in the regulated markets
  • Figure 29: Disease indications for Phase III trials of A/I biosimilars in the regulated markets, by reference product an sponsor
  • Figure 30: Indications studied in post-marketing trials of infliximab biosimilars for the regulated markets
  • Figure 31: Volume of biosimilar A/I clinical trial sites in the regulated markets and in ROW
  • Figure 32: Clinical trial locations for A/I biosimilar candidates per region
  • Figure 33: Volume of biosimilar clinical trial starts by geographic market type, oncology indications, 2011-17
  • Figure 34: Volume of biosimilar clinical trial starts by geographic market type, oncology indications
  • Figure 35: Choice of reference product for oncology biosimilar clinical trials, all regions and phases
  • Figure 36: Number of biosimilar trials in oncology indications, per reference product and phase
  • Figure 37: Clinical trial volume of biosimilar programs in oncology, by start year, 2011-17
  • Figure 38: Top biosimilar sponsors in oncology indications, per phase
  • Figure 39: Map of the pipeline progress of the top biosimilar developers in the oncology space in EU, US, and Japan: top four reference molecules
  • Figure 40: Volume of oncology clinical trial starts per sponsor, per reference molecule: top sponsors
  • Figure 41: Status and sponsors of oncology Phase III biosimilars programs targeting the regulated markets
  • Figure 42: Volume of Phase III trials for biosimilars of each oncology reference product in the regulated markets
  • Figure 43: Disease indications for Phase III trials of oncology biosimilars in the regulated markets, by reference product and sponsor
  • Figure 44: Volume of biosimilar oncology clinical trial sites in the regulated markets and in ROW
  • Figure 45: Clinical trial locations for oncology biosimilar candidates per region
  • Figure 46: Volume of biosimilar clinical trial starts by geographic market type, endocrinology/nephrology indications, 2011-17
  • Figure 47: Volume of biosimilar clinical trial starts by geographic market type, endocrinology/nephrology indications
  • Figure 48: Choice of reference product for endocrinology/nephrology biosimilar clinical trials, all regions and phases
  • Figure 49: Number of biosimilar trials in endocrinology/nephrology indications, per reference product and phase
  • Figure 50: Clinical trial volume of biosimilar programs in endocrinology/nephrology indications, by start year, 2011-17
  • Figure 51: Top biosimilar sponsors in endocrinology/nephrology indications, per phase
  • Figure 52: Map of the pipeline progress of the top biosimilar developers in the endocrinology/nephrology space in the EU, US or Japan
  • Figure 53: Volume of endocrinology/nephrology clinical trial starts per sponsor, per reference molecule (top sponsors)
  • Figure 54: Volume of biosimilar endocrinology/nephrology clinical trial sites in the regulated markets and in ROW
  • Figure 55: Volume of biosimilar Phase III trials in A/I which have or do not have a switching component
  • Figure 56: Detailed outline of different types of switching designs used by sponsors in Phase III trials of A/I biosimilar products
  • Figure 57: Volume of clinical trials per switching design (A/I biosimilars)
  • Figure 58: Presence of switch elements in adalimumab biosimilar Phase III trials in regulated markets
  • Figure 59: Indications studied in adalimumab Phase III trials
  • Figure 60: Volume of switching trials per switch type, Phase III adalimumab biosimilar trials
  • Figure 61: Presence of switch elements in etanercept biosimilar Phase III trials in regulated markets
  • Figure 62: Indications studied in etanercept Phase III trials
  • Figure 63: Volume of switching trials per switch type, Phase III etanercept biosimilar trials
  • Figure 64: Presence of switch elements in infliximab biosimilar Phase III trials in regulated markets
  • Figure 65: Indications studied in infliximab Phase III trials
  • Figure 66: Volume of switching trials per switch type, Phase III infliximab biosimilar trials
  • Figure 67: Presence of switch elements in rituximab biosimilar Phase III trials in regulated markets
  • Figure 68: Indications studied in rituximab Phase III trials
  • Figure 69: Volume of switching trials per switch type, Phase III rituximab biosimilar trials

LIST OF TABLES

  • Table 1: Comparison of biosimilar approval pathways
  • Table 2: Indications in which Remicade and infliximab biosimilars have obtained approval in from the regulatory authorities in EU, US and Canada
  • Table 3: Indications in which Enbrel and etanercept biosimilars have obtained approval in from the regulatory authorities in EU, US and Canada
  • Table 4: Indications in which Rituxan/MabThera and rituximab biosimilars have obtained approval in from the regulatory authorities in EU, US and Canada
  • Table 5: Overview of FDA interchangeability guidelines
  • Table 6: Waves of biosimilar development
  • Table 7: Number of Phase I trials conducted by sponsors in the regulated regions, per indication studied
  • Table 8: Number of Phase III trials conducted by sponsors in the regulated regions, per indication studied
  • Table 9: Number of Phase I trials conducted by sponsors in the regulated regions, per indication studied
  • Table 10: Phase III trials of biosimilar trastuzumab in metastatic or early HER2-positive breast cancer patients
  • Table 11: Competitive landscape of biosimilar ranibizumab, 2011-17
  • Table 12: Competitive landscape of biosimilar follitropin alfa, 2011-17
  • Table 13: Competitive landscape of clinical-stage biosimilars in hematology, 2011-17
  • Table 14: Competitive landscape of clinical-stage biosimilars of peginterferon alfa for the treatment of hepatitis, 2011-17
  • Table 15: Competitive landscape of clinical-stage biosimilars in multiple sclerosis, 2011-17
  • Table 16: Adalimumab biosimilar Phase III trials in regulated markets: trial design
  • Table 17: Etanercept biosimilar Phase III trials in regulated markets: trial design
  • Table 18: Infliximab biosimilar Phase III trials in regulated markets: trial design
  • Table 19: Rituximab biosimilar Phase III trials in regulated markets: trial design
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