CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Genzyme Corporation (Nasdaq: GENZ) announced today that the FDA has granted U.S. marketing approval for LumizymeTM (alglucosidase alfa), produced at the 4000 liter (L) bioreactor scale at its manufacturing facility in Geel, Belgium. Lumizyme is the first treatment approved in the United States specifically to treat patients with late-onset Pompe disease.

“This is an important day for the Pompe community, especially for those patients with late-onset Pompe disease in the United States who are awaiting treatment for this devastating disease,” said Genzyme Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Henri A. Termeer. “We are grateful to the FDA for their efforts to approve Lumizyme ahead of its scheduled PDUFA date.”

Lumizyme (alglucosidase alfa) is a lysosomal glycogen-specific enzyme indicated for patients 8 years and older with late (non-infantile) onset Pompe disease (GAA deficiency) who do not have evidence of cardiac hypertrophy. The safety and efficacy of Lumizyme have not been evaluated in controlled clinical trials in infantile-onset patients, or in late (non-infantile) onset patients less than 8 years of age.

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