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Alnylam Closes Acquisition of Merck's RNAi Assets

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Alnylam Pharmaceuticals this week announced that it has closed its previously announced acquisition of Merck's RNAi assets, including its Sirna Therapeutics subsidiary.

Merck, which acquired Sirna in 2007 for $1.1 billion, unveiled a company-wide restructuring last year that included a reduction in emphasis on platform technologies, including RNAi. In January, the company disclosed that it would sell its RNAi assets to Alnylam in exchange for $25 million in cash and $150 million in stock.

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