By Doug Macron

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals expects its biologics unit may soon secure industry deals centering around either drugs in development or ones already on the market, company officials said last week.

"We've really been very encouraged by the robust response to the [establishment] of this initiative," Stuart Pollard, Alnylam's vice president of scientific and business strategy, said during a conference call held last week to discuss the company's first-quarter financial results.

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