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Amicus Therapeutics Begins US Registration for Ph 3 Trial of Amigal(TM) for Fabry Disease

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Ridgeland, MS -- Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD) has commenced the U.S. registration Phase 3 trial with its investigational drug, Amigal(TM) (migalastat hydrochloride) for the treatment of Fabry disease.

The Company has reached agreement with the FDA on the key protocol design elements of the pivotal trial, including the use of the surrogate primary endpoint of the change in the amount of kidney interstitial capillary GL-3, the substrate that accumulates in the cells of Fabry patients. In addition, the FDA is in agreement that the Company is eligible to seek Accelerated Approval for Amigal according to Subpart H regulations. The Company has begun submitting the Phase 3 protocol to investigational sites worldwide and expects to begin the dosing of subjects in the second half of this year.

Fabry disease is a lysosomal storage disorder caused by inherited genetic mutations in the GLA gene, which result in deficient activity of the enzyme alpha-galactosidase A (a-Gal A). Deficient a-Gal A activity leads to lysosomal accumulation of globotriaosylceramide (GL-3), which is believed to cause the various symptoms of Fabry disease, including pain, kidney failure and increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Amigal is designed to selectively bind to and stabilize a-Gal A, which facilitates proper trafficking of the enzyme to the lysosomes, where it is needed to break down GL-3.

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