Sandoz acquires CIMERLI® business from Coherus, further building biosimilar and ophthalmology leadership in US market

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CIMERLI®*, a ranibizumab biosimilar, is interchangeable with LUCENTIS®** (ranibizumab injection) for all approved indications
Dedicated retina sales and field reimbursement team integrated into Sandoz, ensuring seamless experience for providers and patients
March 4, 2024 – Sandoz, the global leader in generic and biosimilar medicines, has completed the acquisition of the US biosimilar CIMERLI®* (ranibizumab-eqrn) from Coherus BioSciences, Inc, ahead of anticipated timelines. The acquisition builds on the leading Sandoz ophthalmic platform in the US and lays an even stronger foundation for future product launches.
Keren Haruvi, President Sandoz North America said: “Today we further expand the Sandoz biosimilar portfolio, while advancing our mission in the US of pioneering patient access to more affordable and much-needed medicines. With the addition of CIMERLI® to our existing ophthalmology franchise, we can now offer even more treatment options for US patients with vision impairment and loss.”
CIMERLI® is indicated for the treatment of certain retinal diseases that, if left untreated, can cause vision loss, which ranks among the top 10 causes of disability in the United States.1 It is an anti-VEGF therapy within a class of biologics that helps retinal patients maintain or gain vision.2
Sandoz and Coherus entered into an agreement in January 2024 through which Sandoz agreed to acquire the full CIMERLI® business for an upfront cash purchase price of USD 170 million. The transaction includes a biologics license application, product inventory, ophthalmology sales and field reimbursement talent, as well as access to proprietary commercial software.

About CIMERLI®

CIMERLI®* solution for injection (6 mg/mL and 10 mg/mL) is an FDA-approved biosimilar to reference product LUCENTIS®** (ranibizumab injection) indicated for the treatment of multiple retinal diseases, including neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD), macular edema following retinal vein occlusion (RVO), diabetic macular edema (DME), diabetic retinopathy (DR) and myopic choroidal neovascularization (mCNV).3 CIMERLI®* is an anti-VEGF therapy within a class of biologics that helps retinal patients maintain or gain vision.2 CIMERLI®* was approved by the FDA in August 2022, having met FDA’s rigorous standards of biosimilarity to the reference product, including safety, efficacy and quality. Launched in October 2022, it is the first and only FDA-approved biosimilar interchangeable with LUCENTIS®** for all indications.
References
Centers for Disease Control and Preventon. Vision Loss: A Public Health Problem. December 19, 2022. Accessed February 22, 2024. Vision Loss: A Public Health Problem | CDC
American Academy of Ophthalmology. Anti-VEGF Treatments. July 26, 2023. Accessed February 22, 2024. Anti-VEGF Treatments - American Academy of Ophthalmology (aao.org).

About Sandoz

Sandoz (SIX: SDZ; OTCQX: SDZNY) is the global leader in generic and biosimilar medicines, with a growth strategy driven by its Purpose: pioneering access for patients. 22,000 people of more than 100 nationalities work together to bring Sandoz medicines to some 500 million patients worldwide, generating substantial global healthcare savings and an even larger total social impact. Its leading portfolio of more than 1,500 products addresses diseases from the common cold to cancer. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Sandoz traces its heritage back to the year 1886. Its history of breakthroughs includes Calcium Sandoz in 1929, the world’s first oral penicillin in 1951, and the first biosimilar in 2006. In 2022, Sandoz achieved sales of USD 9.1 billion and core EBITDA of USD 1.9 billion.
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