NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Alnylam today said that it has joined GlaxoSmithKline in contributing more than 1,500 issued or pending patents covering RNA interference technology to a patent pool for neglected tropical diseases.

The patent pool was established by London-based GlaxoSmithKline earlier this year to aid in the discovery and development of new medicines for treating 16 neglected tropical diseases, as defined by the US Food and Drug Administration, in the world's least developed countries.

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