Mireven

Australian microRNA drug firm MiReven announced this week the publication of in vitro data validating the role of miR-7-5p in cancer.

Though not as advanced a therapeutic technology as its RNAi cousin, microRNA received a lot of positive attention from the investment community in 2012, with the top companies in the space pulling in nearly $150 million in financing dollars over the past year.

As it awaits the publication of in vitro data from its lead cancer program, Australian microRNA drugs startup MirEven has moved into proof-of-concept animal studies to test various oligo chemistries and delivery technologies, a company executive said this week.

Australian microRNA drug developer Mireven said last week that it has received an additional A$500,000 ($511,000) from early-stage investment group Medical Research Commercialization Fund, bringing the total investment MRCF has made in the company to A$1.1 million.

Silence Therapeutics this week announced that it has struck a deal under which its delivery technologies will be evaluated by Australian microRNA drug developer Mireven for use with its therapeutic candidates.

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.