Company will explore biodefense and civilian applications with researchers from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Protalix BioTherapeutics signed an agreement with two universities to develop a plant cell-based acetylcholinestrase (AChE) and its molecular variants for the use in several therapeutic and prophylactic indications, including a biodefense program.
Under the agreement, Protalix has licensed the technology underlying AChe from the Yissum Research and Development Company, the technology transfer arm of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research.
In vitro experiments have also shown that the AChE protein expressed in Protalix’ plant cell ProCellEx™ system demonstrates biological activity at both the biochemical and the cellular levels, according to the company.
The work is based on research conducted in the laboratory of Hermona Soreq, dean of faculty of science at the