SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYGN), a leader in molecular diagnostics and precision medicine, announced that it has submitted a supplementary premarket approval (sPMA) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its myChoice® CDx test to help predict outcomes of women with first-line platinum responsive advanced ovarian cancer treated with GSK’s PARP inhibitor Zejula® (niraparib). Myriad’s filing is based on the positive results from the Phase 3 PRIMA trial of Zejula that was published online in the New England Journal of Medicine in September 2019.
“The myChoice CDx test provides valuable molecular insights into tumors and helps identify women with ovarian cancer who are most likely to benefit from PARP inhibitors,” said Nicole Lambert, president, Myriad Oncology. “This regulatory submission represents another important step forward for precision medicine and ensuring that women have access to the most advanced therapies.”
Myriad's myChoice CDx is the most comprehensive homologous recombination deficiency test, enabling physicians to identify patients with tumors that have lost the ability to repair double-stranded DNA breaks, resulting in increased susceptibility to DNA-damaging drugs such as platinum drugs or PARP inhibitors. The myChoice CDx test comprises tumor sequencing of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and a composite of three proprietary technologies (loss of heterozygosity, telomeric allelic imbalance and large-scale state transitions).
About Ovarian CancerOvarian cancer affects approximately 22,000 women per year in the United States according to the American Cancer Society. Typically, ovarian cancer is diagnosed at later stages when it has metastasised to other areas of the body and only 20 percent of patients are diagnosed with early stage disease. Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest cancers with approximately 14,000 deaths per year attributed to the disease. Patients with certain characteristics such as a family history of the disease, certain genetic mutations such as those in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, obesity and endometriosis face a higher risk from ovarian cancer.
About Myriad GeneticsMyriad Genetics Inc. is a leading precision medicine company dedicated to being a trusted advisor transforming patient lives worldwide with pioneering molecular diagnostics. Myriad discovers and commercializes molecular diagnostic tests that: determine the risk of developing disease, accurately diagnose disease, assess the risk of disease progression, and guide treatment decisions across six major medical specialties where molecular diagnostics can significantly improve patient care and lower healthcare costs. Myriad is focused on five critical success factors: building upon a solid hereditary cancer foundation, growing new product volume, expanding reimbursement coverage for new products, increasing RNA kit revenue internationally and improving profitability with Elevate 2020. For more information on how Myriad is making a difference, please visit the Company's website: www.myriad.com.
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GSK is commercializing ZEJULA. ZEJULA is a registered trademark of GSK.
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