Dutch microRNA drug developer InteRNA Technologies this month announced that it has received a notice of allowance from the US Patent and Trademark Office for a patent application covering a number of novel microRNA sequences, including one that forms the basis of the company's lead drug candidate.

With the intellectual property in hand, InteRNA has now set its sights on raising additional capital and advancing at least one therapeutic into human testing by the end of 2013, a company official told Gene Silencing News this week.

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