Sirna Plans Phase I Trial of Hep C Drug for Mid-2006

Sirna Therapeutics is in the process of planning primate studies of several formulations of siRNA-based drugs for hepatitis C, and expects to have chosen a candidate for phase I testing by mid-2006, according to President and CEO Howard Robin.

In January, former Sirna COO Nassim Usman told RNAi News that the company planned to test an HCV drug candidate in infected chimps, but would do so in collaboration with a partner given the difficulty of getting access to these animals.

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