By Doug Macron

When it comes to handing out research funding, September was a busy month for the National Institutes of Health, which awarded nearly $1.5 million in one-year Small Business Innovation Research grants to companies playing in the RNAi and microRNA fields.

Leading the pack is antisense shop Isis Pharmaceuticals, which was awarded $463,365 to continue an ongoing grant project investigating chemical modifications capable of improving RNAi drugs.

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