Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Announces RNAi Research Collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb
News Aug 14, 2008
Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation announced a research collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb using Tekmira's SNALP technology to deliver small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) to specific organs and tissues outside of the liver.
The relationship between Tekmira and Bristol-Myers Squibb builds upon earlier work conducted at Bristol-Myers Squibb using siRNA delivery technology provided by privately held Protiva Biotherapeutics Inc. In May, Protiva and Tekmira combined their businesses to create a leader in the field of RNAi (RNA interference) therapeutics.
Dr. Mark J. Murray, Tekmira's President and CEO, said, "Our relationship with Bristol-Myers Squibb is consistent with our strategy to work with global pharmaceutical leaders to expand the therapeutic potential of our leading RNAi delivery technology. At the same time, this work compliments our internal product development initiatives as we advance our own RNAi therapeutics to treat serious human diseases."
The initial collaboration between Bristol-Myers Squibb and Protiva focused on validating certain gene targets using small interfering RNAs provided by Bristol-Myers Squibb and employed a number of different stable nucleic-acid lipid particle (SNALP) formulations. SNALP is Tekmira's proprietary lipid nanoparticle technology for the delivery of RNAi drugs, including siRNAs.