By Doug Macron

Marina Biotech announced this week that it has enrolled the first patient in a phase I study of its familial adenomatous polyposis treatment CEQ508, marking the company's foray into the ranks of clinical-stage drug developers.

At the same time, the program represents Marina's first steps toward becoming a therapeutics marketer, a new but growing trend in the RNAi field as partnerships with bigger players become increasingly harder to secure.

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