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Alnylam and Benitec Exchange Licensing Rights for RNAi Technologies

NEW YORK, April 13 (GenomeWeb News) - Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Benitec have exchanged licensing options for RNA interference intellectual property, the companies said yesterday.


Under the agreement, Benitec and its licensees have the option to non-exclusively license expressed RNAi technology from Alnylam. Benitec also has the right to obtain up to five exclusive InterfeRx licenses from Alnylam to develop synthetic RNAi therapeutics against specific targets.


Alnylam has the option to non-exclusively license technology covering expressed RNAi and synthetic siRNAs from Benitec.


If either company exercises its options, the other company will receive license fees and be eligible for milestone payments and royalties on any products developed under the licenses.

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