NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Polyplus-transfection has raised €1.2 million ($1.8 million) through a new funding round from existing investors.

The Strasbourg, France-based firm said it plans to use the funding primarily for its RNAplus research program, which aims to generate new oligonucleotides that are capable of silencing the expression of a target gene through RNA interference without the need for a delivery reagent.

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