Silence Therapeutics last month announced that it had begun dosing patients in a phase I study of its siRNA-based solid tumor drug Atu-027.

Separately last month, the British company also reported its financial results for 2008, posting a 45 percent increase in its net loss on lower revenues and higher costs.

Atu-027 comprises modified, blunt-ended siRNA that target PKN-3, a protein kinase that company researchers have linked to tumor growth and metastases, and formulated with a mixture of cationic and fusogenic lipids.

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