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Atugen Signs RNAi Deal with Aventis

NEW YORK, Sept. 13 (GenomeWeb News) - Atugen said today that it has formed a collaboration with Aventis to identify siRNA compounds that have potential for development as therapeutics.


Atugen said the deal would combine its proprietary siRNA technology, including its stabilized siRNA compounds and delivery vehicles, with Aventis' pharmacology expertise "to inhibit pharmacologically relevant targets."


Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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