Arrowhead Research announced this week that it has signed a RNAi services agreement with Germany's Axolabs, bringing together the US and European halves of Roche's former RNA therapeutics operations that were divested by the biopharmaceutical giant in 2010.

Under the terms of the deal, Axolabs will provide Arrowhead and its partners with oligonucleotide optimization, synthesis, and analytic services. These specifically include siRNA design; lead identification, optimization, and characterization; and siRNA synthesis.

Additional terms were not disclosed.

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