Benitec announced this week that it has formed a collaboration with the Children's Cancer Institute Australia for Medical Research to develop an RNAi-based therapeutic for lung cancer.

The company said it has signed a term sheet for an option to license patent applications related to knocking down beta III-tubulin using RNAi. A CCIA researcher and Benitec collaborator has previously demonstrated that beta III-tubulin inhibition using an expressed RNAi approach can sensitize tumors to various chemotherapeutics, it added.

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