Just six years after a troubled Benitec Biopharma licensed its expressed RNAi hepatitis C drug program to Tacere Therapeutics, a startup founded by former Benitec executives, the two companies have agreed to merge.

Benitec announced this week that it has acquired Tacere and its HCV drug TT-034, which is expected to enter phase I/II testing in mid-2013, for just under $1.5 million in stock, which translates to roughly 102.3 million shares or about 9.5 percent of Benitec.

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