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April 2, 2014
08:08 EDTALNYAlnylam receives positive opinion for orphan drug designation ALN-TTRsc
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals announces that the European Medicines Agency Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products has adopted a positive opinion recommending ALN-TTRsc for designation as an orphan medicinal product for the treatment of transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis. ALN-TTRsc is currently in a pilot Phase 2 clinical trial for the treatment of ATTR patients with TTR cardiac amyloidosis; this study is aimed at evaluating the tolerability of ALN-TTRsc in approximately 15 patients. In addition, the study will assess preliminary clinical activity as measured by knockdown of serum TTR levels and additional exploratory tests, such as cardiac imaging, circulating cardiac biomarkers, 6-minute walk test, New York Heart Association classification, and measures of heart failure symptoms and quality of life. The company expects to present data from the Phase 2 trial in late 2014. Patients completing the Phase 2 trial will be eligible to participate in an open-label extension study for further assessment of general tolerability and clinical activity with long-term dosing; the ALN-TTRsc Phase 2 OLE study is expected to be initiated in mid-2014. Assuming positive results, Alnylam expects to begin a Phase 3 trial in TTR cardiac amyloidosis patients by the end of 2014.
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August 27, 2014
08:02 EDTALNYAlnylam receives notice of allowance from USPTO for new patent
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August 21, 2014
09:16 EDTALNYAlnylam to hold a roundtable webinar
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August 20, 2014
08:07 EDTALNYAlnylam receives USPTO notice of allowance for new patent
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a Notice of Allowance for claims in the Tuschl et al. patent application 13/725,262. The ’262 patent application includes newly allowed claims directed to compositions that mediate RNAi, and comprising a double-stranded molecule with up to 25 base pairs and at least one nucleotide analogue. Specifically, the newly allowed patent application broadly covers small interfering RNA molecules of various designs, including so-called “dicer substrate” RNAi triggers (Amarzguioui et al., Nat Protoc. 2006;1(2):508-17; Rose et al., Nucleic Acids Res. 2005 Jul 26;33(13):4140-56) and double-stranded, RNAi-mediating molecules containing moieties that include “unlocked nucleobase analogs” amongst other naturally or non-naturally occurring nucleotide analogues. The allowed claims of the Tuschl ’262 patent application, as well as other granted, Alnylam-owned or -licensed patents, in aggregate broadly cover compositions, methods, and uses of RNAi therapeutics.
August 19, 2014
15:50 EDTALNYAlnylam to hold a roundtable webinar
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