Biotech company Viral Genetics said last week that the University of Colorado has recently been issued what it believes to be the first US patent related to a new treatment for drug-resistant cancer known as metabolic disruption.

Viral Genetics, based in San Marino, Calif., holds an exclusive option to acquire the rights to the intellectual property, which adds to a portfolio of IP the company had previously licensed from CU, but represents a new direction for an ongoing collaborative research partnership between the entities, the company said.

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