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RNAi Companies to Present at JP Morgan Conference

The JP Morgan 22nd Annual Healthcare Conference is scheduled for Jan. 12-15 in San Francisco, and a number of RNAi companies are set to present.

Included on the conference’s roster are Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Ambion, Promega, and Sirna Therapeutics.

Presentations will be webcast and can be found online at

Generex Sunsidiary Presents Data on Antisense Reagents for Cancer

Generex said this week that its subsidiary Antigen Express has presented data on its DNA vaccine technology at the NIH’s Innovative Administrative Systems for Vaccines conference, which took place in December.

According to Generex, the data showed the benefit of using its subsidiary’s Ii protein antisense reagents to induce a T-helper cell response to prostate specific antigens. Generex said that the therapy cured about half a population of mice with aggressive and poorly immunogenic cancer.

AVI West Nile Virus Antisense Drug Safe in Phase I/II Study

AVI BioPharma said last week that a phase I/II trial has shown its West Nile virus antisense drug AVI-4020 is as safe as the company’s other antisense drugs.

The trial enrolled 10 patients, nine of whom received the drug and one of whom received placebo. No safety concerns pertaining to the drug were identified during the study, said AVI.

New York Academy of Sciences Schedules Additional RNAi Symposia

The New York Academy of Sciences has scheduled two follow-up meetings to its October RNAi symposium.

The upcoming meetings are to take place on March 18 and May 27 at the NYAS, and are being organized by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Greg Hannon and Columbia University’s Tim Bestor, respectively.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.