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RXi Inks Ocular Disease Collaboration with UMMS

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RXi Pharmaceuticals said this week that it has formed a collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Shalesh Kaushal to develop the company's self-delivering RNAi molecules as therapeutics for ocular diseases.

Conditions that will be a focus of the deal include age-related macular degeneration, RXi said.

Specific terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.

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