Friday, April 25, 2008
The Business of RNAi Therapeutics
Business for RNAi Therapeutics has never been better. The confluence of the genome revolution, a pharmaceutical industry greatly challenged by generic competition and starved for innovation, and pre-existing nucleic acid drug development know-how that can now be directly applied to RNAi Therapeutics, means that RNAi, less than 10 years after its discovery in worms, has every chance of becoming the next major drug development platform for improving healthcare and generating profits at multiple levels. From the perspective of a molecular biologist interested in both basic and applied aspects of RNAi and related investments, I would like to first put RNAi into the context of the drug development enterprise and then discuss various strategies for translating the science of RNAi into commercially viable drugs as well as some of the risks the industry faces. While the discussion will focus on RNAi Therapeutics and the major US and European markets, it should be kept in mind that RNAi is a global effort and holds further commercial promise in agriculture, the research reagent and services markets, and the related area of microRNA-based therapeutics and diagnostics. Read on…here
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