Bio Blast Pharma Receives Orphan Drug Designation From U.S. FDA for Cabaletta for the Treatment of Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 3

TEL AVIV, Nov. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bio Blast Pharma Ltd. (Nasdaq:ORPN), a clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to developing clinically meaningful therapies for patients with rare and ultra-rare genetic diseases, announced today that it has been granted Orphan Drug Designation by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for Cabaletta for the treatment of Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 3 (commonly known as SCA3 and Machado Joseph disease). This is the second indication for which Bio Blast's Cabaletta has received such designation.

Cabaletta is a chemical chaperone that protects against pathological processes in cells. It has been shown to prevent pathological aggregation of proteins within cells in several diseases associated with abnormal cellular-protein aggregation. Cabaletta has demonstrated efficacy in preclinical cells and animal models of SCA3 and other PolyA/PolyQ diseases, including Occulopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy (OPMD) and Spino bulbar cerebellar ataxia (SBMA, or Kennedy's disease). Bio Blast plans to make clinical progress in each of these indications in 2015.

"This orphan drug designation lays the foundation for what we believe are very favorable conditions to continue to pursue our clinical plans and reflects our commitment to those patients suffering from rare diseases for which there are few or no therapeutic options. It is yet another step on Bio Blast's route to create and capture value from our research and clinical work," stated Dalia Megiddo, MD MBA, Chief Executive Officer of Bio Blast. "We currently are conducting a phase 2 clinical trial to test the efficacy of Cabaletta in SCA3 and plan to start our SCA3 pivotal study in 2015."

About Orphan Drug Designation

Orphan drug designation is granted by the FDA Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD) to novel drugs or biologics that treat a rare disease or condition affecting fewer than 200,000 patients in the U.S. The designation provides the drug developer with a seven-year period of U.S. marketing exclusivity upon approval of the drug, as well as tax credits for clinical research costs, the ability to apply for annual grant funding, clinical research trial design assistance and waives the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) filing fees.

About Bio Blast Pharma

Bio Blast Pharma is a clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to developing clinically meaningful therapies for patients with rare and ultra-rare genetic diseases. Founded in 2012, the company is rapidly building a diverse portfolio of product candidates with the potential to address unmet medical needs for incurable diseases. The Bio Blast platforms are based on deep understanding of the disease-causing biological processes, and potentially offer solutions for several diseases that share the same biological pathology. For more information please visit the Company's website,, the content of which is not incorporated herein by reference.

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