VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 10, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Nasdaq:TKMR) (TSX:TKM), a leading developer of RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics, today provided the following comment on Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s recently presented data from a Phase 1 human clinical trial for ALN-VSP showing that analysis of human tissue samples demonstrated proof of RNAi in man. ALN-VSP utilizes Tekmira's LNP technology, the only RNAi delivery technology supporting multiple clinical candidates being advanced by Tekmira and its partners in multiple disease indications. Dr. Mark J. Murray, Tekmira's President and CEO, said, "Last week, Tekmira's partner Alnylam presented clinical data from patients with advanced solid tumors with liver involvement treated with ALN-VSP, which demonstrated RNAi activity in humans. This was an important accomplishment by Alnylam and an exciting event for Tekmira, as it confirms that our LNP technology enables bona fide RNAi activity in man. Tekmira's LNP technology has been established as the leading RNAi delivery technology based on both the number of product candidates being advanced and the breadth of therapeutic indications it underpins." "Human proof-of-concept is an important advancement in the field of RNAi drug development. At Tekmira, we intend to build on this momentum in 2011 with clinical data of our own as well as new partnering relationships. We believe the future is extremely promising for the field of RNAi therapeutics and we remain focused on advancing our therapeutic pipeline and supporting our partners, which depend on our LNP technology to advance their own clinical programs." "Internally, we are accelerating our discovery efforts and expect to be in a position to advance multiple product candidates over the next few years. We will also continue to build upon our leadership position in delivery as we make advancements in LNP potency and tolerability as well as targeting new disease sites," added Dr. Murray.