Alnylam Pharmaceuticals racked up another partnership this week, announcing that it has inked a global development and commercialization deal for its hypercholesterolemia program with The Medicines Company.

For Alnylam, the arrangement represents an important milestone in moving ahead with the program, which includes the phase I intravenous drug ALN-PCS02 and the preclinical subcutaneous agent ALN-PCSsc, as the company had previously disclosed that it would only advance the drug candidates in collaboration with a partner.

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