Vir and Alnylam Expand Their Existing Collaboration to Develop RNAi Therapeutics Targeting Host Factors for COVID-19

Vir and Alnylam Expand Their Existing Collaboration to Develop RNAi Therapeutics Targeting Host Factors for COVID-19

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  • The collaboration will evaluate RNAi therapeutics targeting three host factors required for SARS-CoV-2 infection, including ACE2 and TMPRSS2. The third target is expected to emerge from Vir’s ongoing genomics efforts for identifying novel host factors relevant to COVID-19
  • Under the amended collaboration, Vir will be responsible for the development of selected DCs and the commercialization of any therapy, developed under the collaboration. Alnylam will either have an option to share equal profits & losses associated with each COVID-19 program or may receive milestones & royalties emerging from the collaboration
  • The additional targets expanded the companies’2017 collaboration and the amendment to that agreement announced in Mar 2020, to now develop novel siRNAs for up to 9 infectious disease targets

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