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Protalix Biotherapeutics Inc., a pharmaceutical company, said Tuesday its chairman of the board is resigning to recover from an illness.

Carmiel, Israel-based Protalix said Eli Hurvitz is stepping down. Zeev Bronfeld, another board member, will serve as interim chairman effective immediately.

Bronfeld was Protalix's first investor. He co-founded Biocell Ltd., a biotech holding company, and is a member of the board of several other publicly traded companies.

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