By Doug Macron

Australia's Benitec this week announced that it has expanded its pipeline to include a treatment for oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy, or OPMD, which will be developed in collaboration with the Royal Holloway University London.

The company separately said that it is also exploring a potential partnership with Chinese investigators who have independently conducted research on expressed RNAi-based treatments for pain, an indication at the forefront of Benitec's drug-development efforts.

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