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Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY) Announces United States Patent And Trademark Office (USPTO) Issues Patent Covering Rnai Therapeutics For The Treatment Of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Infection


6/12/2014 8:19:19 AM

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALNY), a leading RNAi therapeutics company, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a new patent (U.S. patent no. 8,618,277, or “’277 patent”) in the company’s McSwiggen patent estate. The McSwiggen patent estate broadly describes chemical modifications of RNAi therapeutics needed to achieve “drug-like” properties in siRNA, the molecules that mediate RNAi. Specifically, the ’277 patent includes claims that the company believes are critical for the development of RNAi therapeutics for the treatment of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. This patent is held exclusively by Alnylam and is not licensed to any third parties. The McSwiggen patent estate comprises a core component of Alnylam’s overall intellectual property (IP) estate for the advancement of RNAi therapeutics, and was recently obtained through the company’s acquisition of Sirna Therapeutics from Merck.

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