Cenix BioScience said this week that its roughly one-year old service contract with Ugichem, a developer of novel gene-silencing therapeutics, has been extended.

Under the extended arrangement, Cenix said it will continue to apply its expertise in combining gene-silencing analyses with high-content screening in cultured cells, to facilitate the characterization and further optimization of Ugichem’s lead compounds. Additional terms were not disclosed.

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 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

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