Biogen and Samsung Bioepis launch Imraldi in Europe

Published: 17-Oct-2018

The product is the third anti-TNF biosimilar developed by Samsung Bioepis to be commercialised by Biogen across Europe

Biogen and Samsung Bioepis have launched Imraldi (adalimumab) in Europe, a biosimilar referencing Humira.

The launch of Imraldi marks a significant milestone for Biogen and Samsung Bioepis, as the adalimumab product is the third anti-TNF biosimilar developed by Samsung Bioepis to be commercialised by Biogen across Europe.

Benepali (etanercept) and Flixabi (infliximab) were approved in 2016 and have approximately 100,000 patients currently under treatment with more than 6 million doses administered across 25 and 14 countries, respectively.

“We look forward to increasing patient access to this important medicine by leveraging our industry-leading position in the European anti-TNF market,” said Ian Henshaw, Head of Biogen’s Biosimilars Unit.

“The launch of Imraldi marks what we believe to be a landmark moment for Biogen and Samsung Bioepis and for European healthcare systems. We hope Imraldi will play an important role widening choice and increasing competition in one of the most high-value areas of the biopharmaceuticals market,” said Sang-Jin Pak, COO, Samsung Bioepis.

“In just 6 years, Samsung Bioepis has successfully developed the industry’s leading portfolio of anti-TNF biosimilars with a strong pipeline of further biosimilar candidates currently under development.”

“We are proud of our collaboration with Biogen, which brings together the development expertise of Samsung Bioepis with the commercial excellence of Biogen for the benefit of patients across Europe.”

The European Commission (EC) approved Imraldi in August 2017 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), juvenile idiopathic arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, paediatric plaque psoriasis, adult and adolescent hidradenitis suppurativa, Crohn’s disease, paediatric Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and uveitis.1

The EC approval was based on data derived from a randomised, double-blind 52-week Phase III study, in which 544 patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis despite methotrexate (MTX) therapy were randomised to receive either SB5 or the adalimumab reference product (ADL).

At Week 24, the ACR20 response rate was 72.4% in the SB5 group versus 72.2% in the ADL group. The safety profile of SB5 was comparable to ADL up to Week 24. At Week 24, 254 patients receiving ADL were re-randomised in a 1:1 ratio to continue on ADL or transitioned to SB5 and 254 patients receiving SB5 continued to receive SB5. Up to Week 52, the efficacy, safety and immunogenicity profiles remained comparable between all three treatment groups.

There were no treatment emergent issues or clinically relevant immunogenicity precipitated by alternating subjects between treatments.2-3


  2. Weinblatt M, et al. "FRI0161 Sustained Efficacy and Comparable Safety and Immunogenicity after Transition To SB5 (An Adalimumab Biosimilar) vs Continuation of The Adalimumab Reference Product in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Result of Phase III Study." Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 75(487), (2016).
  3. Weinblatt M, et al. "A Phase III, Randomized, Double-Blind Clinical Study, Comparing SB5, An Adalimumab Biosimilar, with Adalimumab Reference Product (Humira) in Patients with Moderate to Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis Despite Methotrexate Therapy (24-week results) [abstract]." Arthritis Rheumatol, 67(suppl 10), (2015).

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