Formycon and Fresenius Kabi secure U.S. License Date for proposed Ustekinumab Biosimilar

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Formycon and Fresenius Kabi secure U.S. License Date for proposed Ustekinumab Biosimilar
07.08.2023 / 08:00 CET/CEST

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Press Release // August 7, 2023

Formycon and Fresenius Kabi secure U.S. License Date for proposed Ustekinumab Biosimilar

  • Formycon and Fresenius Kabi entered into a settlement agreement with Johnson & Johnson concerning FYB202, a proposed ustekinumab biosimilar in the U.S.
  • As per the settlement, FYB202 can be marketed in the U.S., subject to regulatory approval, no later than April 15, 2025
  • FYB202 is a human monoclonal antibody for treatment of immune-mediated disorders

Munich – Formycon AG (ISIN: DE000A1EWVY8/ WKN: A1EWVY) and Fresenius Kabi today announced that they have reached a settlement with Johnson & Johnson for the U.S., concerning FYB202, a proposed ustekinumab biosimilar to Stelara®1. The settlement allows Fresenius Kabi and Formycon to launch their product, once approved by the FDA, in the US no later than April 15, 2025.

FYB202 is a human monoclonal antibody that targets the cytokines interleukin-12 and interleukin 23 for treatment of immune-mediated disorders. Stelara® is approved for treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis as well as active psoriatic arthritis.

“While settlements are common practice to open the market for biosimilars, this agreement is a great achievement as it allows our partner Fresenius Kabi to launch FYB202 in the U.S. within the first launch-group of ustekinumab biosimilars. We are on track to submit the Biologics License Application (BLA) later this year so that our partner can provide patients in the U.S. with a high-quality biosimilar by April 2025 at the latest.” commented Nicola Mikulcik, Chief Business Officer of Formycon AG.

“We are pleased to have reached a settlement and secured the U.S. license date to provide an alternative treatment option to health care providers and patients living with immunology diseases in the U.S.,” said Dr. Michael Schönhofen, Fresenius Kabi President Biopharma. “Bringing more biosimilars treatment solutions to the U.S. market is a core commitment of the company’s Vision 2026 growth strategy. With our continuously expanding pipeline we are becoming a significant player in the evolving field of biosimilars. This agreement takes us a step closer to providing patient access to reliable, high-quality, and safe biologic therapies across the U.S. while reducing the burden on the health care system.”

In February 2023, Formycon announced a global license agreement with Fresenius Kabi to commercialize the proposed ustekinumab biosimilar (FYB202) in key global markets after successful approvals. Find further information about the former agreement in the Press Release.

1) Stelara® is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson

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 six biosimilars in development.

About Fresenius Kabi:
Fresenius Kabi is a global healthcare company that specializes in lifesaving medicines and technologies for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition. The company’s products and services are used for the therapy and care of critically and chronically ill patients. Its product portfolio comprises a range of highly complex biopharmaceuticals, clinical nutrition, medical technologies, and I.V. generic drugs. Within biopharmaceuticals, Fresenius Kabi offers, among others, biosimilar drugs with a focus on autoimmune diseases and oncology. The company’s clinical nutrition offering includes a wide selection of enteral and parenteral nutrition products. In the segment of medical technologies, its offering includes vital disposables, infusions pumps, apheresis machines, cell therapy devices, and more. With its corporate mission of “caring for life”, Fresenius Kabi puts essential medicines and technologies in the hands of people who help patients and finds the best answers to the challenges they face. Following its “Vision 2026”, the company is furthermore committed to increase efficiencies in the therapy and care of patients and improve access to high-quality healthcare around the globe. Fresenius Kabi aspires to be leading globally in its product segments – all for the benefit of patients, its customers, and its stakeholders. For more information, please visit

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 2025, 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. Currently, global sales of biosimilars are estimated at more than $15 billion. By 2030, analysts estimate that this figure could rise to over $74 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
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