Updated on 2 October 2012
Even multinational companies are taking interest in acquiring antibody profiles to enrich their drying drug pipeline. This has given rise to an emerging trend of acquiring the rights of developed antibodies. Sanofi purchased licensing rights from India's Glenmark Pharmaceuticals for the development and commercialization of the latter's GBR 500, a novel monoclonal antibody for the treatment of Crohn's Disease and other inflammatory conditions. GBR 500 is an antagonist of the VLA-2 (alpha2-beta1) integrin. It is a first-in-class therapeutic monoclonal antibody and has established proof of concept in animal models across a range of anti-inflammatory conditions.
Discussing the trends in the Asia antibodies market, Dr Michael Buschle, chief scientific officer, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, says governments too are stepping up efforts to boost the market. "Certain Asian countries like South Korea and Malaysia have received strong incentives (in the form of special economic zones and funding) from the government for setting up biotechnology infrastructure. Few biotech companies from Asia have been able to forge collaborations with the big pharma and can serve as a model for others," he says, adding that "though most Asian companies will aim to leverage on their low cost of production, only those that can address the quality and experience expectations will be able to emerge as formidable player."