NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Canadian biopharmaceutical firm BiOasis last week announced that it has thrown its hat into the RNAi therapeutics ring and aims to advance an siRNA-based drug into Phase I testing before the end of next year.

While BiOasis hasn't made a final decision on what will be its first RNAi candidate, the firm recently presented limited data showing that its delivery technology could successfully carry siRNAs targeting Nox4, a gene involved in the generation of reactive oxygen species, across the blood-brain barrier (BBB).

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