Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Taiba Group Partner to Commercialize RNAi Therapeutics in the Gulf States
Jul 08, 2020
ZUG, Switzerland & DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 8, 2020-- Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALNY), the leading RNAi therapeutics company, and taiba Middle East, a leading rare disease company based in the United Arab Emirates and covering the Middle East region, announced today that they have formed a Distribution Agreement for both ONPATTRO® and GIVLAARI®, the first-ever commercialized RNAi therapeutics, as well as another late-stage therapy in development for Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 1.
“The cooperation with taiba allows us to address the unmet medical needs of patients with rare diseases, particularly where those diseases have a higher regional prevalence. That is why it is so important that patients in the Middle East are not disadvantaged when it comes to accessing effective treatments,” said Brendan Martin, Vice President and Acting Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Canada, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. “taiba has a regional presence with operations in multiple Gulf states, and a proven track record of marketing and distributing medicines for rare diseases. Our collaboration marks an important first step in bringing our current and future therapies to those patients with urgent medical needs.”
“We are proud to collaborate with Alnylam in the Gulf states,” said Saif Al Hasani CEO of the taiba Group. “Alnylam’s portfolio of ground-breaking medicines will enhance our rare disease portfolio and enable us to offer innovative treatments to patients. Those patients with hATTR amyloidosis and other rare diseases deserve to have the earliest possible access to novel new treatments. We look forward to making this a reality, beginning with ONPATTRO and GIVLAARI.”
The Agreement between Alnylam and taiba will initially cover the Gulf states, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. It includes ONPATTRO, approved in the European Union (EU) in August 2018 for the treatment of hATTR amyloidosis in adults with stage 1 or stage 2 polyneuropathy; GIVLAARI, approved in the EU in March 2020 for the treatment of acute hepatic porphyria (AHP); and lumasiran, a late-stage investigational RNAi therapeutic for the treatment of Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 1 (PH1).