LEIDEN, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - June 10, 2011) - Biotech company Pharming Group NV
("Pharming") (NYSE Euronext: PHARM) is pleased to acknowledge the
announcement by GTC Biotherapeutics, Inc. (GTC), a wholly-owned
LFB Biotechnologies S.A.S., that it has been granted, amongst others, a
by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) covering DNA
that are being used for the production of any therapeutic protein in the
any transgenic animal, and that the broad claims in the patent provide
protection for this transgenic technology to 2027.
Pharming has a cross-license on this family of patents, based on an
with GTC which was signed in June 2002. Therefore the granting of
patent also provides further protection in the United States for Pharming's
technology platform directed to the generation of transgenic animals
produce proteins in their milk.
The strengthening and extension of the protection includes
proprietary rabbit based platform which is specific to Pharming, has
validated by the EU approval of Ruconest™ and provides unique
enabling the development of complex proteins such, as human C1 Inhibitor,
to date have not been produced in an otherwise economically viable way.
Furthermore the industrial application of our rabbit platform features
know-how elements specific to Pharming which contribute to significantly
capital risk and manufacturing expenditures as well as delivering a
flexible supply chain than with any other biologicals production
including larger transgenic animals. It is from this rabbit based platform
Pharming plans to create new development assets to further its pipeline.
Click here to view GTC's press release on their website
About Pharming Group NV
Pharming Group NV is developing innovative products for the treatment of
medical needs. Ruconest® (Rhucin® in non-European territories) is
recombinant human C1 inhibitor approved for the treatment of angioedema
in patients with HAE in all 27 EU countries plus Norway, Iceland and
Liechtenstein, and is distributed in the EU by Swedish Orphan Biovitrum
(STO: SOBI). The product is also under development for follow-on indications,
antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) and delayed graft function (DGF)
kidney transplantation. The advanced technologies of the Company include
innovative platforms for the production of protein therapeutics, technology
processes for the purification and formulation of these products.
information is available on the Pharming website, www.pharming.com.
This press release contains forward looking statements that involve
unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the
results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially
from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by
forward looking statements.
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