Officials from Tekmira Pharmaceuticals this week updated the company’s research and development efforts, stating that the company continues to expect its lead drug candidate, the cancer therapy TKM-PLK1, to move into phase II testing later this year.

The company is also on track to select another molecule for clinical development before the end of 2013, according to the officials, who made their comments during a conference call held to discuss Tekmira’s first-quarter financial results.

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