CARMIEL, Israel, Jan. 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Protalix BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT:PLX) (TASE:PLX), announced today that Health Canada has completed a successful on-site evaluation of the Company's manufacturing facility in Carmiel, Israel, as part of its ongoing review of the new drug submission (NDS) for taliglucerase alfa for the treatment of Gaucher disease. The purpose of the on-site evaluation was to verify the facility's compliance with certain Canadian food and drug regulations and, upon completion of the evaluation, Health Canada recommended approval from a facility perspective. A decision on final marketing approval of taliglucerase alfa in Canada is expected during 2014.
In addition to Health Canada's evaluation, the Company's manufacturing facility, which utilizes Protalix's ProCellEx® system, has been deemed acceptable by the European Medicine's Agency (EMA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Israeli Ministry of Health, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) and the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
"We are pleased to have accomplished this regulatory milestone in preparation for the potential approval of taliglucerase alfa in Canada," said Dr. Michal Kahana, Protalix's Vice President of Quality Affairs. "This is further validation of the viability of our proprietary plant-cell based technology platform, which is the engine behind taliglucerase alfa and our growing pipeline."
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 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-112, 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 and inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, colitis, psoriasis and other autoimmune and inflammatory disorders; PRX-110 for the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis; PRX-107 for the treatment of emphysema due to hereditary alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency; and others.
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