Less than a year after it was spun out of Spanish biotech firm Zeltia, Sylentis is hoping to become a major player in the RNAi drugs field with programs in ophthalmology and digestive disease.

The company, which currently has five full-time employees focused on research and development, is also in the process of establishing a scientific advisory board  to help shepherd its lead drug compound — a treatment for glaucoma — through primate testing and into the clinic.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

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