Protalix BioTherapeutics To Present At Upcoming Scientific And Medical Meetings

CARMIEL, Israel, Oct. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Protalix BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT:PLX) (TASE:PLX), today announced that data from select pipeline candidates and information on the Company's plant cell based technology, ProCellEx®, will be presented at upcoming scientific and medical meetings. Details regarding the conferences are as follows:

64 th Annual Meeting of American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, November 1-5, 2013, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
  • Poster entitled, "Oral administration of a plant cell-expressed recombinant anti-TNF fusion protein is biologically active in the gut and alleviates immune mediated hepatitis," to be presented, November 3, 2013 from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM ET

A copy of the poster will be posted on the Company's website.

Brazil's Ministry of Health- Fiocruz Plant Based Technology Meeting, November 21-22, 2013 in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. The objectives of this meeting, which will be chaired by Brazil's Minister of Health and Fiocruz's president, are to discuss trends about plant based technologies, partnerships, raise awareness among the various stakeholders about plant-based technologies and disseminate information about Bio-Manguinhos/Fiocruz's new facilities at Ceará for plant-based technologies. 
  • Protalix oral presentation on Plant Cell Culture to be given November 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM BRT

About Protalix

Protalix is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of recombinant therapeutic proteins expressed through its proprietary plant cell-based expression system, ProCellEx®. Protalix's unique expression system presents a proprietary method for developing recombinant proteins in a cost-effective, industrial-scale manner. Protalix's first product manufactured by ProCellEx, taliglucerase alfa, was approved for marketing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2012, by Israel's Ministry of Health in September 2012, by the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) in March 2013, by the Mexican Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) in April 2013, and by the regulatory authorities of other countries. Marketing applications for taliglucerase alfa have been filed in additional territories as well. Protalix has partnered with Pfizer Inc. for the worldwide development and commercialization of taliglucerase alfa, excluding Israel and Brazil, where Protalix retains full rights. Protalix's development pipeline also includes the following product candidates: PRX-102, a modified version of the recombinant human alpha-GAL-A protein for the treatment of Fabry disease; PRX-105, a pegylated recombinant human acetylcholinesterase in development for several therapeutic and prophylactic indications, a biodefense program and an organophosphate-based pesticide treatment program; an orally-delivered glucocerebrosidase enzyme that is produced and encapsulated within carrot cells, also for the treatment of Gaucher disease; pr-antiTNF, a similar plant cell version of etanercept (Enbrel®) for the treatment of certain immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and plaque psoriasis; PRX-110 for the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis; PRX-107 for the treatment of emphysema due to hereditary alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency; and others.

Forward-Looking Statements

To the extent that statements in this press release are not strictly historical, all such statements are forward-looking, and are made pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The terms "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "plan" and "intend" and other words or phrases of similar import are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Drug discovery and development involve a high degree of risk. Factors that might cause material differences include, among others: failure or delay in the commencement or completion of our preclinical studies and clinical trials which may be caused by several factors, including: unforeseen safety issues; determination of dosing issues; lack of effectiveness during clinical trials; slower than expected rates of patient recruitment; inability to monitor patients adequately during or after treatment; inability or unwillingness of medical investigators and institutional review boards to follow our clinical protocols; lack of sufficient funding to finance the clinical trials; the risk that the results of our clinical trials will not support the applicable claims of safety or efficacy, that our product candidates will not have the desired effects or will include undesirable side effects or other unexpected characteristics; our dependence on performance by third-party providers of services and supplies, including without limitation, clinical trial services; delays in our preparation and filing of applications for regulatory approval; delays in the approval or potential rejection of any applications we file with the FDA or other health regulatory authorities; the inherent risks and uncertainties in developing drug platforms and products of the type we are developing; the impact of development of competing therapies and/or technologies by other companies and institutions; potential product liability risks; and other factors described in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are based on current information that may change and you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.  The statements in this release are valid only as of the date hereof and we disclaim any obligation to update this information.  All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.
CONTACT: Investor Contact         Marcy Nanus         The Trout Group, LLC         646-378-2927         mnanus@troutgroup.com         Media Contact         Kari Watson         MacDougall Biomedical Communications         781-235-3060         kwatson@macbiocom.com

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