In an bid to tap a growing interest in using microRNAs as biomarkers of disease or tissue injury, Somagenics has developed a platform for detecting the small, non-coding RNAs in circulation.

Somagenics hopes the platform, called miR-Direct, will attract the attention of an industry partner interested in commercializing it. Meanwhile, the company is continuing to press ahead with its efforts in RNAi therapeutics with a focus on wound healing after pulling back on its hepatitis C program in the wake of advances made by other drugmakers.

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