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AVI Wins Part of $2.5M Contract

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AVI Biopharma, the Portland, OR-based developer of RNA-based therapies, said today it has been awarded part of a $2.5 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a drug for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The contract, awarded to researchers at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C., will support animal studies to develop AVI-4658. AVI (NASDAQ: AVII) will serve as a subcontractor, the company said.