In a related matter, Tekmira filed a Notice of Civil Claim in the Supreme Court of British Columbia against certain individuals from AlCana alleging that thousands of confidential documents containing Tekmira's confidential information and trade secrets were downloaded and taken from Tekmira. The alleged document downloading was discovered in the course of producing documents in Tekmira's litigation against Alnylam and AlCana in the Massachusetts Superior Court. Tekmira sought and received an injunction ordering the defendants to surrender all confidential information belonging to Tekmira and prohibiting the defendants from using or disclosing Tekmira's confidential information to any person or corporation. Tekmira is also seeking general and punitive damages. In May 2012, the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that the dispute between the corporate parties pending in Massachusetts Superior Court should be resolved prior to addressing the matter in British Columbia. Tekmira's original injunction granted by the Supreme Court of British Columbia is still upheld.
About RNAi and Tekmira's LNP Technology
RNAi therapeutics have the potential to treat a broad number of human diseases by "silencing" disease causing genes. The discoverers of RNAi, a gene silencing mechanism used by all cells, were awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. RNAi therapeutics, such as "siRNAs," require delivery technology to be effective systemically. Tekmira believes its LNP technology represents the most widely adopted delivery technology for the systemic delivery of RNAi therapeutics. Tekmira's LNP platform is being utilized in multiple clinical trials by both Tekmira and its partners. Tekmira's LNP technology (formerly referred to as stable nucleic acid-lipid particles or SNALP) encapsulates siRNAs with high efficiency in uniform lipid nanoparticles that are effective in delivering RNAi therapeutics to disease sites in numerous preclinical models. Tekmira's LNP formulations are manufactured by a proprietary method which is robust, scalable and highly reproducible, and LNP-based products have been reviewed by multiple FDA divisions for use in clinical trials. LNP formulations comprise several lipid components that can be adjusted to suit the specific application.