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Welcome to Alnylam

Welcome to Alnylam

Alnylam is developing an entirely new class of medicines based on the breakthrough discovery in biology known as RNA interference, or RNAi. Alnylam believes that RNAi therapeutics are a promising approach to silence disease-causing genes, and represent an opportunity to transform the treatment of many diseases.

Alnylam and Genzyme Form Transformational Alliance for RNAi Therapeutics as Genetic Medicines

Alnylam and Genzyme Form Transformational Alliance for RNAi Therapeutics as Genetic Medicines

In January 2014, Alnylam and Genzyme formed a transformational alliance with Genzyme for the development and commercialization of RNAi therapeutics as genetic medicines. This new alliance will allow for the accelerated and expanded development and commercialization of RNAi therapeutics across the world. Under the terms of this alliance, Alnylam retains broad product rights in North America and Western Europe, while Genzyme obtains the rights to Alnylam’s genetic medicines pipeline in the rest of the world plus co-development and co-commercialization rights or global rights to three programs. In addition, Genzyme will make a $700 million equity investment in Alnylam. Importantly, this new partnership significantly expands our balance sheet to over $1 billion in cash to increase our investment in new RNAi therapeutic programs, while securing a cash runway that we believe will allow us to develop and launch multiple products as breakthrough medicines for patients in need.



Alnylam Acquires Merck’s wholly owned subsidiary, Sirna Therapeutics

Alnylam Acquires Merck’s wholly owned subsidiary, Sirna Therapeutics

In January 2014, we entered an agreement with Merck, whereby we are acquiring Merck’s wholly owned subsidiary Sirna Therapeutics, Inc. This acquisition provides us with intellectual property and RNAi assets including pre-clinical therapeutic candidates, chemistry, siRNA-conjugate and other delivery technologies. We believe the acquisition of Sirna Therapeutics will complement and extend our own progress and continued focus on RNAi therapeutics, including siRNA-conjugate technologies. The RNAi assets and intellectual property that we are acquiring from Merck will strengthen our efforts to build a new class of medicines, advancing them to patients in need.


New Pre-Clinical Data on RNAi Therapeutic Programs for Cardio-Metabolic Diseases

New Pre-Clinical Data on RNAi Therapeutic Programs for Cardio-Metabolic Diseases

We presented pre-clinical data from our investigational RNAi therapeutic programs toward genetically validated targets in development for the treatment of cardiovascular metabolic diseases, including: ALN-PCSsc targeting PCSK9 for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia; ALN-AC3 targeting apolipoprotein C3 (apoC3) for the treatment of hypertriglyceridemia; and ALN-ANG targeting angiopoietin-like 3 (ANGPTL3) for the treatment of genetic forms of mixed hyperlipidemia and severe hypertriglyceridemia.  The data, presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2014, included new pre-clinical multi-dose data in non-human primates (NHPs) with over six months of dosing for ALN-PCSsc, showing robust and clamped knockdown of PCSK9 of up to 92% and reductions in LDL-C of up to 77% with a once-monthly subcutaneous dosing regimen.  These studies confirm the potential for a once-monthly, and possibly once-quarterly, low volume subcutaneous dose regimen, thus highlighting the emerging profile of our ESC-GalNAc conjugate delivery technology. We believe that ALN-PCSsc represents an innovative, differentiated, and well-validated approach for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia.



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Positive Initial Phase 2 Data with Revusiran (ALN-TTRsc)

Positive Initial Phase 2 Data with Revusiran (ALN-TTRsc)

We announced positive initial data from our Phase 2 clinical trial with revusiran (ALN-TTRsc), an investigational RNAi therapeutic targeting transthyretin (TTR) for the treatment of TTR cardiac amyloidosis. Initial results from the pilot Phase 2 study demonstrated that revusiran was generally well tolerated in patients with significant disease burden.  In addition, data showed an up to 98.2% knockdown of both mutant and wild-type forms of TTR – the disease-causing protein.  As would be expected with the short treatment duration of five weeks, there were no significant changes observed in exploratory clinical measurements.



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New Programs Added to Infectious Disease Pipeline: ALN-HDV and ALN-PDL

New Programs Added to Infectious Disease Pipeline: ALN-HDV and ALN-PDL

We have expanded our infectious disease pipeline with two new RNAi therapeutic programs. First, we are advancing ALN-HDV, an RNAi therapeutic targeting the hepatitis delta viral (HDV) genome in development for the treatment of HDV infection. We are also advancing ALN-PDL, an RNAi therapeutic targeting hepatocyte-expressed programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) in development for the treatment of chronic liver infections.



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Clinical and Pre-Clinical Data on RNAi Therapeutics at 10th Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society Meeting

Clinical and Pre-Clinical Data on RNAi Therapeutics at 10th Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society Meeting

We presented new data from multiple clinical and pre-clinical studies at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society (OTS), held October 12 – 15, 2014 in San Diego.  Among multiple presentations, we presented additional data from our Phase 1 trial with ALN-TTRsc showing rapid, dose-dependent, stable, and durable knockdown of serum TTR of up to 96.2%.  In addition, we presented pre-clinical data from a new program, ALN-GO1, an investigational RNAi therapeutic targeting glycolate oxidase (GO) in development for the treatment of primary hyperoxaluria type 1 (PH1), showing efficacy in rodent disease models.  Finally, we presented new pre-clinical research demonstrating that delivery of Enhanced Stabilization Chemistry (ESC)-GalNAc-siRNA conjugates to the lung achieves similar plasma exposure, efficacy, and duration of liver gene silencing as achieved by subcutaneous delivery.  This finding opens up the possibility for needle-less administration of RNAi therapeutics via inhalation for knockdown of liver disease genes.