Arrowhead Research's top executive this week broke out details on the company's efforts to move its RNAi-based hepatitis B virus treatment ARC-520 into the clinic, stating that the firm will run two phase I trials in order to speed up the generation of key human data.

Arrowhead expects that both studies will begin this year, in line with previous estimates, President and CEO Chris Anzalone added, speaking during a conference call held to discuss the company's fiscal first quarter financial results.

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