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The illegal practice of attempting to steal an identity by setting up a website and encouraging people to input credit card or other personal information. Phishing often purports to present a legitimate web business and asks the "customer" to give personal information in order to receive fictitious products. Alternatively, phishing may involve a criminal sending out e-mail purporting to be from a bank or credit card company asking for information as part of an "urgent" request. Phishers then steal the identity directly or sell to another party for illegal purposes.


Phishing is one way that identity thieves use the Internet to retrieve your personal information, such as passwords and account numbers.

The thieves' techniques include sending hoax emails claiming to originate from legitimate businesses and establishing phony websites designed to capture your personal information.

For example, you may receive an urgent email claiming to come from your bank and directing you to a website where you're asked to update or verify your account number or password. By responding you give identity thieves an opportunity to steal your confidential information.

Phishing is difficult to detect because the fraudulent emails and websites are often indistinguishable from legitimate ones and the perpetrators change identities regularly.

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Pharming and SIPI plan to use this platform initially for the development of recombinant human Factor VIII for the treatment of Haemophilia A.
Pharming s ability to leverage the manufacturing process for Ruconest, a recombinant human C1 inhibitor approved for the treatment of angioedema attacks in patients with HAE (Hereditary Angioedema), represents a significant competitive advantage over manufacturers of plasma- (blood) derived products, which are dependent on blood donations.
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Sijmen de Vries, Pharming CEO, commented: We are pleased to have received this US$10 million milestone from our partner Santarus, which significantly strengthens our balance sheet and signals the beginning of a new chapter in the development of the Company.
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Record numbers of banks are joining the growing ranks of businesses displaying the Catbird[TM] Pharming Shield[TM] seal on websites to reassure customers that the site is safe and open for business.
Mr Jaap Blaak, Pharming's Chairman of the Board of Supervisory Directors, commented: "We are very pleased that Robin can join Pharming at this exciting time as we complete our transformation from an R&D oriented biotech company to a self-sustainable specialty pharmaceutical company.