Just six months after its establishment, startup Sirnaomics is already setting its sights on launching a phase I clinical trial of an siRNA-based ocular disease therapy early next year — an ambitious timeline the company expects it can meet by running the study in China, where regulatory hurdles are fewer compared with the US, Sirnaomics President, CEO, and founder Patrick Lu told RNAi News last week.
 

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