Protalix Announces Presentation of Phase III Taliglucerase Alfa Data at WORLD Lysosomal Disease Network
CARMIEL, Israel, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Protalix Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE- Amex: PLX) today announced that data from its pivotal Phase III trial of taliglucerase alfa in patients with Gaucher disease will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Lysosomal Disease Network: WORLD Symposium 2010, February 10-12, 2010 in Miami, Florida.
Hanna Rosenbaum, M.D., Director of Hematology Day Care Unit, RAMBAM Medical Center, Haifa, Israel and study investigator, will give the oral presentation, titled: "Novel Enzyme Replacement Therapy for Gaucher Disease: Phase III Pivotal Clinical Trial with Plant Cell Expressed Recombinant Glucocerebrosidase (prGCD) - taliglucerase alfa," on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 10:15 AM ET. The symposium is co-organized by the Lysosomal Disease Network and the National Institutes of Health. Participants include clinicians, geneticists, neurologists and other health care professionals.
About Gaucher disease
Gaucher disease, an inherited condition, is the most prevalent lysosomal storage disorder, with an incidence of about 1 in 20,000 live births. People with Gaucher disease do not have enough of an enzyme, beta-glucosidase (glucocerebrosidase) that breaks down a certain type of fat molecule. As a result, lipid engorged cells (called Gaucher cells) amass in different parts of the body, primarily the spleen, liver and bone marrow. Accumulation of Gaucher cells may cause spleen and liver enlargement, anemia, excessive bleeding and bruising, bone disease and a number of other signs and symptoms.
Protalix is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of proprietary recombinant therapeutic proteins expressed through its proprietary plant cell based expression system. Protalix's ProCellEx(TM) presents a proprietary method for the expression of recombinant proteins that Protalix believes will allow for the cost-effective, industrial-scale production of recombinant therapeutic proteins in an environment free of mammalian components and viruses. Protalix is also advancing additional recombinant biopharmaceutical drug development programs. Taliglucerase alfa is an enzyme replacement therapy in development under a Special Protocol Assessment with the FDA for Gaucher disease.
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Posted: February 2010