As its contract with the National Cancer Institute nears completion, startup Mirimus is hoping to begin adding drug companies to the list of customers for its inducible-RNAi mouse models, Mirimus CEO Prem Premsrirut said this week.

At this point, the majority of Mirimus' clients are academics, which have been easier to approach given Mirimus' status as a spinout of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, she told Gene Silencing News. “The commercial customers we're aiming for ... will take a little bit more time.”

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