Following the consummation of a lucrative research and development alliance with Genzyme and with its acquisition of former rival Sirna Therapeutics pending, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals is now projecting that it will have six to seven drug candidates in the clinic by next year, topping its previous guidance.

Meanwhile, the company is now sitting on more than $1 billion in cash, which Alnylam executives said last week would enable the firm to execute its strategy while still ending 2014 with more than $825 million in its coffers.

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