Tekmira Pharmaceuticals this week announced that it has dosed the first patients in a phase I trial of its next-generation Ebola virus drug TKM-Ebola.

The company is developing the drug under a contract from the US Department of Defense that could be worth up to $140 million and fund the drug's development through to commercialization. Tekmira had previously tested an earlier version in phase I, but cut that trial short in order to incorporate improvements to its lipid nanoparticle delivery vehicles.

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