For immediate release: July 09, 2007
Vancouver, BC – Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation ("Tekmira"; TSX:TKM) announced today that Market Regulation Services, on behalf of the Toronto Stock Exchange, has requested the Company comment on the recent activity in the shares of Tekmira. There are no new corporate developments at the Company.
The Company, however, notes that one of its partners, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALNY) announced today that it entered into a major alliance with Roche that highlights Alnylam’s leadership position in the discovery and development of RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics. The Alnylam announcement can be accessed from the Alnylam website at www.alnylam.com. Tekmira and Alnylam announced on January 9, 2007 the signing of a strategic alliance whereby Alnylam gained access to Tekmira’s liposomal delivery formulation technology through a worldwide exclusive license for the discovery, development, and commercialization of RNAi therapeutics.
Liposomal and/or lipid nanoparticle formulations are important technologies for systemic delivery of RNAi therapeutics. Tekmira’s intellectual property estate is comprised of certain key, issued patents, such as those derived from the Wheeler and Semple patent series (U.S. Patent Nos. 5,976,567, 6,815,432, and 6,858,225), that are considered important for the development and commercialization of liposomal and/or lipid nanoparticle formulations of oligonucleotide therapeutics, including small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), the molecules that mediate RNAi.
Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation is a Canadian biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing proprietary drugs and drug delivery systems to improve the treatment of cancer. Further information about Tekmira and this news release can be found at www.tekmirapharm.com.
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Contact Information for Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
James Hoggan & Associates Inc.
The common shares of Tekmira are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "TKM".