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Alnylam, Novartis Enter Research Collaboration To Provide Alternative To Liver Transplantation

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ALNY) announced a collaboration with Novartis to leverage Alnylam's siRNA technology to inhibit a target discovered at the Novartis Institutes for
BioMedical Research, potentially leading to development of a treatment designed
to promote the regrowth of functional liver cells and to provide an alternative
to transplantation for patients with liver failure.

During the three-year research collaboration, Alnylam will develop and test potential siRNAs using target-specific assays developed by Novartis. Once a lead candidate is identified, further development and clinical research will be conducted by Novartis.

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