A Randomized, Double-Blind Trial Comparing the Pharmacokinetics of CT-P16, a Candidate Bevacizumab Biosimilar, with its Reference Product in Healthy Adult Males



CT-P16 is a candidate biosimilar of bevacizumab, a monoclonal antibody targeting vascular endothelial growth factor that is used in the treatment of a range of advanced solid cancers.


The objective of this study was to demonstrate the pharmacokinetic equivalence of CT-P16 and European Union (EU)-approved bevacizumab (EU-bevacizumab) and US-licensed bevacizumab (US-bevacizumab) reference products.


In this double-blind, parallel-group phase I trial (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT03247673), healthy adult males were randomized (1:1:1) to receive a single dose of CT-P16 5 mg/kg, EU-bevacizumab 5 mg/kg, or US-bevacizumab 5 mg/kg. Primary study endpoints were area under the concentration–time curve (AUC) from time zero to infinity (AUC), AUC from time zero to the last quantifiable concentration (AUClast), and maximum serum concentration (Cmax). Pharmacokinetic equivalence was shown if the 90% confidence intervals (CIs) of the geometric mean (GM) ratios of the AUC, AUClast, and Cmax were within the predefined bioequivalence margin of 80–125%. Safety and immunogenicity were also evaluated.


A total of 144 subjects were randomized: 47 to CT-P16, 49 to EU-bevacizumab, and 48 to US-bevacizumab. The 90% CIs for the GM ratios of AUC, AUClast, and Cmax for CT-P16/EU-bevacizumab, CT-P16/US-bevacizumab, and EU-bevacizumab/US-bevacizumab comparisons were all within the bioequivalence margin. Mean serum concentration–time profiles, secondary pharmacokinetic parameters, and safety and immunogenicity profiles were comparable across all three treatment groups.


CT-P16 demonstrated pharmacokinetic equivalence to EU-bevacizumab and US-bevacizumab. Safety and immunogenicity profiles were similar for CT-P16, EU-bevacizumab, and US-bevacizumab. These data support the further clinical evaluation of CT-P16 as a bevacizumab biosimilar.

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We thank all study investigators, staff, and subjects who contributed to this study. Medical writing support (including development of a draft outline and subsequent drafts in consultation with the authors, assembling tables and figures, collating author comments, copyediting, fact checking, and referencing) was provided by Emma Evans Ph.D., CMPP and Rick Flemming Ph.D., CMPP at Aspire Scientific Limited (Bollington, UK), and funded by CELLTRION, Inc. (Incheon, Republic of Korea).

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S-HC, SH, SY, TP, M-SN, and J-GS were involved in the conception and/or design of this study. J-LG, SY, TP, SK, and JB were involved in the acquisition, analysis, and/or interpretation of the data. All authors contributed to development of the manuscript and approved the final version for submission.

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Correspondence to Jae-Gook Shin.

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This study was sponsored by CELLTRION, Inc. (Incheon, Republic of Korea).

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SY, TP, SK, and JB are employees of CELLTRION, Inc. SY has stock in CELLTRION, Inc. S-HC, SH, J-LG, M-SN, and J-GS have no conflicts of interest to declare.

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Cho, SH., Han, S., Ghim, JL. et al. A Randomized, Double-Blind Trial Comparing the Pharmacokinetics of CT-P16, a Candidate Bevacizumab Biosimilar, with its Reference Product in Healthy Adult Males. BioDrugs 33, 173–181 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40259-019-00340-x

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