NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Having just pulled down $8.5 million in funding from a $21.5 million Series B round closed in early 2012, Miragen Therapeutics is gearing up to file investigational new drug applications for up to two of its proprietary microRNA drug candidates before the end of this year.

In doing so, the company is laying the groundwork for clinical studies that it hopes will generate proof-of-concept data around its therapeutic approach in order to woo investors for a planned initial public offering next year, Miragen President and CEO Bill Marshall told GenomeWeb.

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