By Doug Macron

Arrowhead Research's top official last week assured investors that the company's acquisition of Alvos Therapeutics would not significantly impact its burn rate, which had already been markedly increased late last year when it acquired the RNA drug assets of Roche.

He also said that the deal is expected to give Arrowhead an edge in its longstanding effort to close a partnership with a bigger industry player, although he declined to provide any guidance on when such an arrangement might be struck.

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