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Dicerna Licenses City of Hope RNAI IP and Pulls Down $13 million Series A

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

Dicerna Pharmaceuticals hopes to elude the IP fortresses of Alnylam and Merck with a license to RNA interference IP out of City of Hope's Beckman Research Institute. If successful, this adjacent doorway into RNAi could create a new option for those pharma companies that have thus far stayed on the sidelines of the RNAi game.

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