Galena Biopharma this week said that it has taken steps to end a dispute with investors that threatened to block the company's planned spinout of RNAi subsidiary RXi Pharmaceuticals.

As reported by Gene Silencing News, Galena was sued by a handful of investment firms alleging that protections within securities-purchase agreements they struck with the company require the biopharmaceutical company to buy back millions in devalued warrants.

The lawsuits sought a combined $5.2 million from Galena.

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