Tekmira Pharmaceuticals said this week that it has secured a $3 million loan, extending its cash runway into 2013.

Separately this week, Tekmira announced that a trial date of Oct. 30, 2012 has been set for its litigation with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and AlCana Technologies.

According to the company, Silicon Valley Bank has agreed to provide a $3 million term loan, which can be drawn down at Tekmira's discretion at any time before Sept. 30, 2012. The loan matures on June 30, 2015, and carries a fixed annual interest rate of 8 percent.

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University of California, San Diego, researchers have developed a gene drive to control a fruit-destroying fly.

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