By Doug Macron

BOSTON — Santaris Pharma is close to completing a second phase I study of its microRNA-targeting hepatitis C therapy SPC 3649, and expects to move the drug into phase II development later this year, a company official told RNAi News.

The official, CSO Henrik Orum, also said Santaris has dropped its near-term plan to seek a partner for the therapy, which it will instead carry on its own at least through the first phase II trial in HCV-infected patients

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