SALT LAKE CITY, May 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Myriad Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq:MYGN) announced today that it has signed a three-year contract with UnitedHealthcare. The contract provides UnitedHealthcare with access for BRCA testing and the myRisk Hereditary Cancer test for patients who meet the hereditary cancer testing eligibility criteria.
Myriad's myRisk Hereditary Cancer test uses next-generation sequencing technology to evaluate 25 clinically significant hereditary cancer genes associated with eight major hereditary cancers including: breast, colon, ovarian, endometrial, pancreatic, prostate, gastric cancers and melanoma. The myRisk test has demonstrated in multiple clinical studies a significant increase in sensitivity by identifying over 50 percent more patients with deleterious mutations that place a patient at substantially greater lifetime risk for cancer.
"Myriad has been a pioneer in hereditary cancer testing for almost 20 years," said Mark Capone, president of Myriad Genetic Laboratories. "Through scientific research and innovation, Myriad is able to provide a significantly more comprehensive, next generation cancer test for hereditary cancer syndromes.About Myriad Genetics Myriad Genetics is a leading molecular diagnostic company dedicated to making a difference in patients' lives through the discovery and commercialization of transformative tests to assess a person's risk of developing disease, guide treatment decisions and assess risk of disease progression and recurrence. Myriad's molecular diagnostic tests are based on an understanding of the role genes play in human disease and were developed with a commitment to improving an individual's decision making process for monitoring and treating disease. Myriad is focused on strategic directives to introduce new products, including companion diagnostics, as well as expanding internationally. For more information on how Myriad is making a difference, please visit the Company's website: www.myriad.com . Myriad, the Myriad logo and Myriad myRisk are trademarks or registered trademarks of Myriad Genetics, Inc. in the United States and foreign countries. MYGN-F, MYGN-G.