By Doug Macron

While Alnylam Pharmaceuticals had the opportunity to license a recently issued US patent related to modified siRNAs stemming from the work of one of its founders, the company deemed the intellectual property as unnecessary, company executives said last week.

The officials also provided details on Alnylam's biologics-manufacturing initiative, and indicated that deals for the unit's technology would be forthcoming in the near future.

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