Tekmira Pharmaceuticals this week announced that it has expanded its pipeline with the addition of an siRNA-based drug candidate for alcohol dependence.

The company separately updated its cash guidance, stating that it has enough funds to carry it into the second half of 2013.

The new drug program focuses on aldehyde dehydrogenase 2, or ALDH2, which the company said is a “key enzyme" in ethanol metabolism.

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