This story has been updated to include comments from Alnylam officials and details about the company’s respiratory syncytial virus program.

By Doug Macron

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals said last week that it may not reach its previously stated goal of forging two or more new “major” industry partnerships before the end of the year despite continued interest from potential biotech and pharmaceutical allies.

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