A little more than seven months after Alnylam Pharmaceuticals became the first firm to partner with a big pharma player on RNAi drug development, the company is first again — this time in launching an initial public offering.

Alnylam said last weekend that it has filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission to float its shares on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “ALNY” in an IPO worth up to roughly $86.3 million. The announcement was made concurrently with the release of a preliminary prospectus for the IPO.

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An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

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