By Doug Macron

Start-up Rana Therapeutics this week announced that it has raised $20.7 million in a Series A round of financing, which the company hopes will allow it to advance a lead drug candidate into investigational new drug application-enabling studies around the end of this year.

According to Rana President and CEO Art Krieg, the 12-employee company has obtained very promising data with its core gene-activation technology in both in vitro and in vivo studies.

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