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Alnylam Licenses RNAi Patents to MWG Biotech

NEW YORK, July 25 (GenomeWeb News) - Alnylam Pharmaceuticals has licensed its RNA interference patents to MWG Biotech, the company said today.


Under the non-exclusive license to Alnylam's Kreutzer-Limmer patent family, MWG is allowed to provide research products and services in RNA interference.


The patent family covers short interfering RNAs and their use in mammalian cells. To date, 14 companies have licensed the patents, including eight research tool providers, according to Alnylam. Last week, Sigma-Aldrich became a licensee.

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