Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (HALO) today announced that Roche has received approval from Health Canada for a subcutaneous (SC) formulation of trastuzumab (Herceptin SC) for the treatment of patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. This is a co-formulation with Halozyme’s proprietary recombinant human hyaluronidase enzyme (ENHANZE® technology).
“We are pleased that the subcutaneous formulation of trastuzumab (Herceptin SC) has been approved in Canada,” said Dr. Helen Torley, president and chief executive officer. “Patients and health care providers will now have another treatment option with the potential for a reduced administration time.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration accepted a Biologics License Application from Genentech for a subcutaneous (SC) formulation of trastuzumab (Herceptin SC) in July 2018.
About ENHANZE® Technology
Halozyme’s proprietary ENHANZE® drug-delivery technology is based on its patented recombinant human hyaluronidase enzyme (rHuPH20). rHuPH20 has been shown to remove traditional limitations on the volume of biologics that can be delivered subcutaneously (just under the skin). By using rHuPH20, some biologics and compounds that are administered intravenously may instead be delivered subcutaneously. ENHANZE may also benefit subcutaneous biologics by reducing the need for multiple injections. This delivery has been shown in studies to reduce health care practitioner time required for administration and shorten time for drug administration.
Halozyme Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing novel oncology therapies that target the tumor microenvironment. Halozyme’s lead proprietary program, investigational drug pegvorhyaluronidase alfa (PEGPH20), applies a unique approach to targeting solid tumors, allowing increased access of co-administered cancer drug therapies to the tumor in animal models. PEGPH20 is currently in development for the treatment of several cancers and has the potential to be used in combination with different types of cancer therapies. In addition to its proprietary product portfolio, Halozyme has established value-driving partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies including Roche, Baxalta, Pfizer, Janssen, AbbVie, Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Alexion for its ENHANZE® drug delivery technology. Halozyme is headquartered in San Diego. For more information visit www.halozyme.com.
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