This story has been updated to include a comment from Tekmira's president and CEO.

Despite the high quality of Tekmira Pharmaceuticals' investigational new drug application for its phase I hypercholesterolemia therapy ApoB SNALP, the siRNA-based drug's target is less "compelling" than the one chosen by partner Alnylam Pharmaceuticals for its competing high-cholesterol program, Alnylam's top official said last week.

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