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Protalix BioTherapeutics Receives Marketing Authorization For Elelyso(TM) For The Treatment Of Gaucher Disease From The Israeli Ministry Of Health

The Israeli Ministry of Health's marketing authorization of Elelyso was based on its review of data compiled by the Company from its pivotal phase III clinical trial, as well as data from its extension trial in which treatment-naïve patients that were treated with taliglucerase alfa for a 24-month period, and from the Company's switchover trial which collected data from Gaucher patients that had previously been treated with imiglucerase (Cerezyme ®) and were switched to treatment with taliglucerase alfa (Elelyso).  

"The Israeli approval of Elelyso is important for local Gaucher patients," said Mr. Yossi Cohen, Chairman of the Israeli Association for Gaucher. "Given the inconsistent supply of ERT for the treatment of Gaucher disease worldwide in recent years, we believe the addition of a new treatment for Gaucher patients will provide them with greater confidence regarding treatment. The fact that the product is manufactured locally by an Israeli company increases our excitement about this approval."

"The clinical studies of Elelyso to date, both the pivotal and the extension studies, demonstrate that Elelyso is an effective treatment for Gaucher disease," said Professor Ari Zimran, M.D., Director of the Gaucher Clinic, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel. "The results of the Company's 24-month naive extension trial and switch over study support Elelyso as an important treatment alternative for Gaucher patients in Israel."

About Gaucher Disease

Gaucher disease is an inherited lysosomal storage disorder in humans that affects an estimated 10,000 people worldwide and can cause severe and debilitating symptoms, including: enlargement of the liver and spleen, various forms of bone disease, easy bruising, and anemia (a low number of red blood cells).  Gaucher disease consists of varying degrees of severity; it has been sub-divided into three subtypes - Types 1, 2, and 3 - according to the presence or absence of neurological involvement.  Type 1, the most common, is found at a higher frequency among individuals who are of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

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