CARMIEL, Israel, July 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Protalix BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT:PLX) (TASE:PLX), announced today that it has chosen Mr. Shlomo Yanai as Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors, effective on July 24, 2014. Mr. Zeev Bronfeld, the interim Chairman of the Board, will remain a member of the Board of Directors.
"The Board of Protalix and myself are pleased to have Mr. Yanai join our Board as Chairman," stated Mr. Bronfeld. "He brings extensive knowledge and vast experience from his years as CEO at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Makhteshim Agan, which will be helpful in further guiding Protalix. We look forward to his leadership as Chairman."
Mr. Yanai commented, "I am excited to join the Board of Protalix, and to be a part of the company's revolutionary approach to recombinant therapeutic proteins. This is an exciting time for the Company, as we will continue together our efforts to progress the promising pipeline coming from ProCellEx® technology as well as building the market for Elelyso. I am enthusiastic about the future of Protalix and glad to be part of it."
"We are grateful to Mr. Bronfeld for his term as interim Chairman, during which he lead the Board through the commercialization launch process of Elelyso in several countries, and the continued expansion our pipeline. We are looking forward to continued growth of Protalix under Mr. Yanai's guidance," stated David Aviezer, Ph.D., the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Yanai served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. from 2007 until 2012. Previously, Mr. Yanai was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Makhteshim Agan Industries (now Adama), a leading global agro-chemicals company. Mr. Yanai also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank Leumi Le-Israel, LycoRed Natural Products Industries and I.T.L. Optronics Ltd. Until his retirement from the Israeli Army in 2001 at the rank of Major General, Mr. Yanai was the head of the Strategy Planning Branch of General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces. Currently, Mr. Yanai is a member of the Board of Governors of The Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology. Mr. Yanai is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cambrex Corporation, and is on the board of Lumenis Ltd.
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, by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in May 2014 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, 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; and others.
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