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AVI Gets Green Light for Ebola Trial

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AVI Biopharma, a Portland, OR-based drug developer, said it has “verbal clearance” from the FDA to start clinical trials against the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses. AVI expects to get a formal written go-ahead from the FDA in early 2009, the company said. Shares of the company (NASDAQ: AVII) shot up 63 percent to 80 cents shortly after the opening bell.