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With that said, I’d like to turn the call over to Dr. Christopher Anzalone, President and CEO of the company. Chris?
Christopher AnzaloneThanks, Brandi. Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us on our call today. Fiscal 2010 was a pivotal year for our company from both scientific and corporate standpoints. We are a much different company now than when I spoke with you a year ago, and we have achieved a number of important strategic and operational goals designed to accelerate our broader objectives of assembling a leading portfolio of nanomedicine companies. So what has changed? First and foremost, we reported first ever clinical data proving systemic delivery of siRNA in humans and gene silencing via RNAi. As we have discussed in the past, these breakthrough data are important to both the RNA industry and to our company. Positive gene silencing data are of no value, however, unless coupled with a well-tolerated therapeutic. We reported positive interim safety data from Calando’s Phase 1 clinical trial at the 2010 American Society of Clinical Oncology Meeting or ASCO. We have expanded the breadth of our nanomedicine portfolio by creating a new subsidiary, Ablaris Therapeutics, to address the large obesity markets opportunity and secure an outside capital for its initial funding by increasing our ownership position in our subsidiaries and by initiating partnerships and operations with our earlier stage opportunities.