Amman Pharmaceutical Industries (API) was established in 1989 as one of the first pharmaceutical companies in the MENA region

Lupin and Amman Pharma Sign Exclusive Licensing and Supply Agreement for Ranibizumab Biosimilar

November 10, 2023
Lupin and Amman Pharma Sign Exclusive Licensing and Supply Agreement for Ranibizumab Biosimilar

Pioneering access to this complex ophthalmic biosimilar medicine in the MENA Region

Mumbai, Jordan, November 10, 2023: Global Pharma major Lupin Limited (Lupin) has partnered with Amman Pharmaceuticals Industries (Amman Pharma), a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer with operations across the MENA region and other global markets, for exclusive marketing and commercialization of Ranibizumab, a biosimilar of Lucentis®, in the Middle East region, including select territories of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iraq, Lebanon, and other GCC countries. Both Lupin and Amman Pharma are united in their mission to provide innovative, high-quality healthcare solutions to patients in the MENA region.

Ranibizumab is a recombinant humanized IgG1 monoclonal antibody fragment that binds to and inhibits vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A). Its indications encompass the treatment of patients with 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).

“Our aim is to be at the forefront of transforming patient’s lives and building a healthier, brighter future for all. We are excited about the partnership with Amman Pharma to bring Ranibizumab to the MENA region,” said Nilesh Gupta, Managing Director, Lupin.

“We aim to empower patients by offering timely and widespread access to cutting-edge biologic medication at affordable costs. Our successful development of biosimilar Ranibizumab stands as testament to this commitment,” said Dr. Cyrus Karkaria, President Biotechnology, Lupin. “Our mission in collaborating with Amman Pharma is to provide patients with advanced biologics that hold the promise of reshaping their health journey.”

Dr. Fadi Alatrash, General Manager of Amman Pharma said, “We are proud to partner with Lupin, a world-leading biopharmaceutical company, to market and commercialize Ranibizumab. This partnership is aligned with our mission to provide high-quality products and access to advanced biosimilars to patients in the region. It also expands our biosimilar portfolio and strengthens our position in the niche Ophthalmology market.”

About Lupin
Lupin is an innovation-led transnational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Mumbai, India. The Company develops and commercializes a wide range of branded and generic formulations, biotechnology products, and APIs in over 100 markets in the U.S., India, South Africa, and across the Asia Pacific (APAC), Latin America (LATAM), Europe, and Middle East regions.

The Company enjoys a leadership position in the cardiovascular, anti-diabetic, and respiratory segments and has a significant presence in the anti-infective, gastro-intestinal (GI), central nervous system (CNS), and women’s health areas. Lupin is the third-largest pharmaceutical company in the U.S. by prescriptions. The company invested 7.9% of its revenue in research and development in FY23.

Lupin has 15 manufacturing sites, 7 research centers, more than 20,000 professionals working globally, and has been consistently recognized as a ‘Great Place to Work’ in the Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals sector.