Tekmira Pharmaceuticals this week announced that it has pushed back the expected start date for a phase I study of its siRNA-based cancer therapy PLK1 SNALP to some time in 2010 as it works to incorporate improvements in its drug-delivery technology into the program.

Meanwhile, the company continues to find success on the partnering front, announcing today that Bristol-Myers Squibb has exercised an option to extend its research collaboration with Tekmira through 2009.

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