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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Canadian RNAi drug developer Tekmira Pharmaceuticals has announced that it has agreed to merge with US-based OnCore Biopharma to create a new company focused on an oral cure for hepatitis B virus infection.

As a result of the transaction, which is expected to close in the first half of this year, Tekmira will shift away from being a pure-play RNAi drug firm aiming to use the gene-silencing technology to treat multiple different diseases to a company focused on developing multiple technologies against a single indication.

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