Regulus Therapeutics said this week that that Australian Patent Office has recently granted certain claims in a company-controlled patent family covering the use of microRNA-122 in treating hepatitis C.

The intellectual property stems from the so-called Sarnow patent estate, which is owned by Stanford University and exclusively licensed to Regulus in the US, Europe, and Australia.

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