Benitec announced this week that it has received a Chinese patent covering the use of its expressed RNAi constructs against hepatitis C.

According to the company, the patent covers an expression cassette the encodes two of the RNAi molecules used in the HCV treatment under development by partner Tacere Therapeutics. Other sequences, including the third employed in Tacere's drug, will be the subject of separate patent applications, Benitec said.

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