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Alnylam Pharmaceuticals said this week that the European Patent Office intends to grant the company a patent covering the use of RNAi therapeutics in cancer.

The intellectual property, EP Application No 02702247.4, is derived from the so-called Kreutzer-Limmer III patent series developed by Germany’s Ribopharma, which Alnylam acquired in 2003 and later sold off to Roche (see RNAi News, 7/12/2007).

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