SALT LAKE CITY, May 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Myriad Genetics, Inc., (NASDAQ: MYGN), a leader in genetic testing and precision medicine, today announced the expansion of its strategic partnership with Intermountain Precision Genomics, a service of Intermountain Healthcare, to add a new liquid biopsy therapy selection test to its growing oncology portfolio.
Compared to standard tissue biopsies, many oncologists prefer liquid biopsy testing to analyze traces of tumor DNA in the blood, providing an often quicker, less invasive alternative for cancer treatment selection. For many patients, liquid biopsy is necessary when tissue sampling is not feasible. Liquid biopsy therapy selection testing can be used to support the care of all patients with advanced cancer.
Given Myriad’s leading capabilities in hereditary and tumor testing for breast, ovarian, prostate, and pancreatic cancer, the company anticipates initial utilization of its new liquid biopsy offering in these key indications.
The collaboration and platform established for Myriad’s recently launched Precise™ Tumor Molecular Profile Test leverages the strengths of Myriad’s hereditary cancer and companion diagnostic tests with Intermountain’s world-class laboratory services. Intermountain performs Precise Tumor testing as part of the Precise Oncology Solutions offering and will add the TruSight™ Oncology 500 ctDNA assay from Illumina to support liquid biopsy therapy selection testing. This further strengthens Myriad’s ability to partner with leading pharmaceutical companies in the near term, supporting its companion diagnostic business and positioning the company for additional commercial growth opportunities.
Myriad’s liquid biopsy therapy selection test will be part of its Precise Oncology Solutions – a comprehensive suite of solutions that offers germline testing, tumor profiling and companion diagnostics. Oncologists prefer the single ordering experience and easy-to-interpret summary findings the Precise suite provides to help quickly determine personalized treatment for patients. The suite currently includes Myriad’s Precise Tumor Test, MyRisk™ Hereditary Cancer Test and its two FDA-approved companion diagnostics, MyChoice® CDx and BRACAnalysis CDx®.
“Our strong partnership with Intermountain allows us to grow our capabilities into the liquid biopsy space building on the collaborative model created for the Precise Tumor Test. We are now extending this model to support patients and oncologists in the continuum of precision oncology care,” said Paul J. Diaz, president and CEO, Myriad Genetics. “The addition of a liquid biopsy therapy selection test will further round out our portfolio to provide critical insights needed to guide more targeted treatment decisions. Since launching in March, we have seen strong market response to our new Precise Oncology Solutions platform -- with many oncologists ordering multiple tests – and we look forward to adding liquid biopsy therapy selection as an option.”
“Cancer is a dynamic process, always looking for ways to outsmart our therapies,” said Dr. Howard McLeod, FASCO, FCCP, Executive Clinical Director for Precision Health at Intermountain Precision Genomics. “Adding liquid biopsy capabilities to the Precise Oncology Solutions platform will help guide initial treatment, but also provide a tool for identifying therapy-relevant changes to the cancer’s genome over time.”
“The addition of liquid biopsy therapy selection to Myriad’s Precise Oncology Solutions meets growing market demand for more personalized cancer care,” said Bradley Monk, M.D, FACOG, FACS, Biltmore Cancer Center and Professor of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Arizona, Phoenix. “The new offering will continue to advance the data-driven insights and tools needed to help physicians improve outcomes for their patients.”
The new offering is expected to be available in 2023. Myriad will focus initial efforts on solid tumors in advanced stages to help physicians and patients determine treatment options for targeted therapies. Myriad’s oncology roadmap includes future expansions into additional liquid biopsy and companion diagnostic applications, including new products, solutions and services to detect Measurable Residual Disease (MRD).
About Myriad GeneticsMyriad Genetics is a leading genetic testing and precision medicine company dedicated to advancing health and well-being for all. Myriad develops and commercializes genetic tests that help assess the risk of developing disease or disease progression, and guide treatment decisions across medical specialties where genetic insights can significantly improve patient care and lower healthcare costs. Fast Company named Myriad among the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022. For more information, visit www.myriad.com.
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About Intermountain HealthcareBased in Utah with locations in seven states and additional operations across the western U.S., Intermountain Healthcare is a nonprofit system of 33 hospitals, 385 clinics, medical groups with some 3,800 employed physicians and advanced practice providers, a health plans division called SelectHealth with more than 1 million members, and other health services. Helping people live the healthiest lives possible, Intermountain is committed to improving community health and is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare by using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes at sustainable costs.
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