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From relatively little-known to high-flying, hotly pursued targets by global pharma players, Chinese domestically developed immuno-oncology drugs are ascending in both value and attractiveness, both inside China and far beyond.
In what could be a blow to some aspiring developers eyeing the nascent but growing biosimilars market in China, new rules lay out when extrapolation of approved indications of reference biologics will be allowed, meaning this will not be automatic.