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Genentech, Hospira, Roche cancer, biosimilars news

April 14, 2014 7:00 AM UTC

The Chancery Division of England's High Court of Justice invalidated two European patents covering breast cancer drug Herceptin trastuzumab from Roche and its Genentech unit. Hospira, which is developing a biosimilar of Herceptin, was challenging the validity of the patents; Genentech declined to disclose when the patents would expire. Hospira did not challenge the underlying patent covering Herceptin because the company said it plans to launch its biosimilar in the EU after July 28, which is when the underlying patent loses exclusivity. Hospira did not disclose a development status or launch timeline. ...