Myriad Genetics Elects Louise Phanstiel and Lawrence Best to Its Board of Directors

September 21, 2009 at 4:05 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY, Sep 21, 2009 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Myriad Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq:MYGN) announced today that it has elected Louise Phanstiel and Lawrence Best to its Board of Directors, effective September 16, 2009, increasing the size of the Company's board from eight members to 10.

Ms. Phanstiel held several important positions at WellPoint, Inc. from 1996 to 2007, including President, Specialty Products (2003 to 2007), Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff and Corporate Planning in the Office of the Chairman (2000 to 2003), and Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, Controller, and Chief Financial Officer for all WellPoint, Inc. subsidiaries, including Blue Cross of California (1996 to 2000). Previously, Ms. Phanstiel was a partner at the international services firm of Coopers and Lybrand where she served clients in the life and property/casualty insurance, high technology, and higher education industries. Ms. Phanstiel formerly served on the Board of Directors of Inveresk Research Group, Inc. and Charles River Laboratories, Inc. She received a B.A. degree in Accounting from Golden Gate University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mr. Best is the Chairman and Founder of OXO Capital LLC, an investment firm focused on life sciences and therapeutic medical device companies, since 2007. Mr. Best joined Boston Scientific Corporation in 1992 and served for 15 years as the Company's Executive Vice President-Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Boston Scientific, Mr. Best was a partner in the accounting firm of Ernst & Young, where he specialized in serving multinational companies in the high technology and life sciences fields. He served a two-year fellowship at the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1979 to 1981 and a one-year term as a White House-appointed Presidential Exchange Executive in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Haemonetics Corp. and is a founding director of the President's Council at Massachusetts General Hospital. Mr. Best received a B.B.A. degree from Kent State University.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Louise and Larry as new members of Myriad Genetics' Board of Directors," said Peter Meldrum, President and Chief Executive Officer of Myriad. "Their tremendous depth and breadth of experience and expertise in the life science and insurance industries will enable them to make a significant contribution to Myriad as the Company advances its strategy of developing important new molecular diagnostic products."

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This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements relating to the contribution of the new directors to the Company and the advancement of the Company's strategy of developing important new molecular diagnostic products. These "forward-looking statements" are based on management's current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the risk that sales and profit margins of our existing molecular diagnostic products may decline or will not continue to increase at historical rates; the risk that we may be unable to develop or achieve commercial success for additional molecular diagnostic products; the risk that licenses to the technology underlying our molecular diagnostic products and any future products are terminated or cannot be maintained on satisfactory terms; risks related to delays or other problems with manufacturing our products or operating our laboratory testing facilities; risks related to public concern over our products; risks related to regulatory developments or enforcement in the United States and foreign countries and changes in the structure of healthcare payment systems; uncertainties about our ability to obtain new corporate collaborations and acquire new technologies on satisfactory terms, if at all; the development of competing products and services; the risk that we or our licensors may be unable to protect the proprietary technologies underlying our products; the risk of patent-infringement claims or challenges of our patents; risks of new, changing and competitive technologies and regulations in the United States and internationally; and other factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" contained in Item 1A in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2009, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as any updates to those risk factors filed from time to time in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K. All information in this press release is as of the date of the release, and Myriad undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.

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