Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) and Coherus Biosciences, Inc. today announced that they have entered into an exclusive collaboration to develop and commercialize a biosimilar to etanercept for Europe, Canada, Brazil and certain other markets. Additionally, the agreement allows for the expansion of the collaboration to include another product. Biosimilars are intended to be used in place of existing, branded biologics to treat a range of chronic and often life-threatening diseases and have the potential to reduce costs and expand patient access. Under the agreement, Baxter will make an upfront payment of $30 million. Coherus will conduct development and Baxter will make payments of up to $216 million contingent upon the achievement of development and regulatory events. The agreement also allows for development and commercialization of an alternative biosimilar to etanercept, pending the outcome of clinical data. ''The collaboration allows us to partner with a company that brings demonstrated capabilities with potential to support accelerated entry into the biosimilar market for Baxter. This collaboration and Baxter’s ongoing relationship with Momenta expand Baxter’s pipeline, which now includes several biosimilars in the areas of immunology and oncology,'' said Ludwig Hantson, Ph.D., president of Baxter’s BioScience business. ''As an established biologics leader, we’re looking forward to entering the market with biosimilar treatments that will broaden patient access to care.'' ''We are pleased to be partnering with Baxter, a premier healthcare company that shares our strategic commitment to biosimilars,'' said Denny Lanfear, chief executive officer of Coherus. ''This agreement further validates our unique business model and capability to globally develop products from conception through approval.'' About Baxter International Inc. Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, cancer, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma and other chronic and acute medical conditions. As a global, diversified healthcare company, Baxter applies a unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create products that advance patient care worldwide.