By Doug Macron

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals this week reported additional phase I data on its liver cancer drug ALN-VSP02, showing that the drug appears “generally” well tolerated, although the company did report a number of serious adverse events that were “possibly related” to treatment.

The data were presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology's annual meeting in Chicago.

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