Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY)’s McSwiggen Patent Upheld in European Opposition Proceedings
4/7/2014 10:09:50 AM
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALNY), a leading RNAi therapeutics company, announced today that the European Patent Office (EPO) has upheld the McSwiggen EP 1423406 (’406) patent in oral opposition proceedings in Munich, Germany. The McSwiggen patent estate broadly describes chemical modifications of RNAi therapeutics that the company believes are critical for achieving “drug-like” properties in siRNA, the molecules that mediate RNAi. The patent is owned by Alnylam, and was recently obtained through the company’s acquisition of Sirna Therapeutics from Merck. The McSwiggen patent family comprises a core component of Alnylam’s overall intellectual property (IP) estate for the advancement of RNAi therapeutics as a new class of medicines.
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