MDRNA patent allowance for siRNA

Business of Biotech

MDRNA, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRNA) announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Notice of Allowance for patent application U.S. 11/624,630 covering an siRNA directed against a junctional adhesion molecule-1 (JAM-1) gene. The siRNA of the allowed claim has a broad array of potential applications, most notably as a therapeutic for the treatment of certain cancers, thrombosis, atherosclerosis, strokes, and hypertension; and enhances the delivery of drugs across the skin and the blood-brain barrier. JAM-1 is a tight junction protein that plays a key role in maintaining epithelial and endothelial barrier functions, leukocyte transmigration and platelet adhesion and also functions as a pro-inflammatory molecule.

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