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Quark Pharmaceuticals Expands International Patent Protection for Compounds Targeting the RTP801 Gene
Date:10/26/2009

eting approvals and to generate commercial sales. We are vigilant about upholding our industry leadership position in siRNA R&D by protecting our pipeline with an aggressive and comprehensive approach to intellectual property generation and management. . We are also focused on broadening our intellectual property estate to further protect and enhance the value of our product pipeline."

About the PF-4523655 (RTP801i-14) Clinical Program

PF-4523655 (RTP801i-14) is a synthetic, siRNA molecule designed to inhibit the expression of Quark's proprietary target, RTP801. The product candidate is licensed to Pfizer on an exclusive worldwide basis. Quark discovered RTP801 using its BiFAR(TM) target discovery platform, which identifies clinically relevant genes and proteins that are critical to reversing a given disease phenotype when inhibited. The Company owns a family of patents covering the RTP801 gene and protein sequences, specific antibodies, and gene inhibition across different disease indications.

The ongoing Phase II study is a prospective, randomized, multi-center, dose-ranging study is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of PF-4523655 versus laser therapy in 160 patients with DME. In this study, patients are randomized to receive intravitreal injections of one of three dose levels of PF-4523655, or laser therapy. Therapeutic effect will be evaluated by assessing visual acuity and retinal morphology.

About Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a development-stage pharmaceutical company engaged in discovering and developing novel RNAi-based therapeutics. Quark has a fully integrated drug development platform that spans therapeutic target identification to drug development. Quark's RNAi technology includes novel siRNA structures and chemistry providing Quark with freedom to operate in the siRNA intellectual property arena, as well as the ability for non-invasive delivery
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