By Doug Macron

Santaris Pharma said this week that it has been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration to advance its microRNA-targeting hepatitis C drug miravirsen into phase II testing.

But while the company remains optimistic about the drug's potential, questions remain as to whether Santaris has the intellectual property necessary to bring it to market.

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