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IP vs. Know-How: in RNAi, the Battle Is Joined

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

Which is better: patents on the fundamental science for creating a new class of drugs--or the know-how for making drugs based on the idea? In one of the few bright areas of discovery-based biotech, RNA interference (RNAi), the battle between the two philosophical positions has been joined as an investor group has beaten Alnylam, the IP leader in RNAi, to the control of Ribozyme Pharmaceutical's RNA chemistry know-how.

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