Apotex and Intas Biopharmaceuticals Extend Their Collaborative Development of Biosimilars to Include Pegfilgrastim

Ahmedabad, India (PressExposure) January 31, 2009 -- Neupeg™, a recombinant pegylated granulocyte colony stimulating factor is already manufactured and marketed in India and other countries by IBPL. Both companies, IBPL and Apotex are eying a significant share of total Peg GCSF market in North America, which is currently estimated to be around $3.5 billion annually. This collaboration gives Apotex the rights to market the product in North America (US and Canada), Europe and selected other countries. After announcing launch of first GSCF generic for North America in May 2008, the extension of collaboration between the two companies makes IBPL the first Indian biopharmaceutical company to announce the launch of Peg GCSF for North America and European markets.

Apotex Inc. of Canada and Intas Biopharmaceuticals Limited (IBPL) of India have extended their business agreement to develop a biosimilar version of pegfilgrastim, a protein that is used to treat neutropenia (a side effect of cancer chemotherapy). Neupeg™, a recombinant pegylated granulocyte colony stimulating factor is already manufactured and marketed in India and other countries by IBPL. Both companies, IBPL and Apotex are eying a significant share of total Peg GCSF market in North America, which is currently estimated to be around $3.5 billion annually. This collaboration gives Apotex the rights to market the product in North America (US and Canada), Europe and selected other countries. After announcing launch of first GSCF generic for North America in May 2008, the extension of collaboration between the two companies makes IBPL the first Indian biopharmaceutical company to announce the launch of Peg GCSF for North America and European markets.

About Intas Biopharmaceuticals Limited

About Apotex Inc.
Apotex Inc. is the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company, employing over 6,800 people in research, development, manufacturing and distribution facilities world-wide. Apotex produces more than 300 generic molecules in a variety of different presentations, which, in Canada, are used to fill over 80 million prescriptions a year - the largest amount of any pharmaceutical company in this country. In the next 10 years, Apotex will spend $2 Billion in R&D and has presently over 600 products under development.


About Intas Biopharmaceuticals Limited
Since launch of biotechnology operations in May 2000, research & development, manufacturing and marketing of biopharmaceutical products, with a special focus on Oncology (Cancer), are major thrust areas for IBPL. The company is India's first and only biopharmaceuticals manufacturing company to receive European Union - Good Manufacturing Practice (EU-GMP) certification and South African Medicines Control Council certification for GMP. Today, Intas Biopharmaceuticals Limited is the sole manufacturer to commercialize pegylated GCSF and markets under the brand name "NEUPEG™". IBPL has launched four biosimilar products Neukine® (rHu G-CSF), Erykine™ / Epofit™ (rHu EPO), Intalfa™ (rHu IFN Alfa-2b) and Neupeg™ (rHu Peg GCSF) and marketing in India and international markets. The company is working on seven more biosimilar products, which will be launched in next 3 years in various markets.

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Press Release Submitted On: January 31, 2009 at 5:14 am
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