MDRNA this week announced that it has repaid all remaining debt on a $5.5 million loan from General Electric Capital, marking the RNAi drug shop's latest step toward overcoming its financial woes.

"The repayment of this loan removes all liens on our intellectual property, equipment, and other assets, thus providing us maximum flexibility in establishing broad target and therapeutic-based pharma collaborations," MDRNA President and CEO Michael French said in a statement.

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