Myriad Genetics, Inc. (MYGN)

22nd Annual Oppenheimer Healthcare Conference Call

December 14, 2011 9:40 a.m. ET


Mark Capone - President

Rebecca Chambers - Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications


David Ferreiro - Oppenheimer & Co.


David Ferreiro - Oppenheimer & Co.

David Ferreiro with life science tools and diagnostics analyst. Welcome to second day of the Oppenheimer Healthcare Conference. Very happy to have Myriad Genetics here today, one of the premier molecular diagnostics companies out there in the U.S. right now. From Myriad today are Mark Capone, President of Myriad Genetics Laboratory, and also Rebecca Chambers to make sure that nothing inappropriate is said. So with that I will turn it over to Mark.

Mark Capone

Thank you, David, and good morning to everybody. We are going to thank Oppenheimer for the opportunity to be at the conference today and hopefully this presentation will be a beginning to a joyous holiday season for all of you. I am privileged today to talk about Myriad and where we are going as a company and our opportunities for growth. As always I may make forward-looking statements and we would encourage you to look to our website for our detailed SEC filings, where we’ll outline the risks that are associated with any investment in Myriad Genetics.

Myriad is industry leader in what we like to call transformative molecular diagnostic products. These are products that we think can fundamentally change the way that healthcare is delivered in this country and around the world. Myriad has broad scale capabilities. We have got nine innovative products that are on the market now, 13 in the pipeline. A 350 person sales force and a 182 issued patents.

Last fiscal year 2011, we delivered strong financial results. $402 million in revenue, $158 million in operating profit, $189 million in cash, which then was deployed through a $200 million share buyback in fiscal year 2011. Now we talk about transformative molecular diagnostics and the case for transformation in our healthcare system is abundantly clear. We have a very effective healthcare system but not a very efficient healthcare system. We spent twice as much as the percent of GDP as other developed countries and yet for that additional investment we actually have, in many cases, lower life expectancy in this country. And it has to do a lot with the structure of our healthcare system.

We think this healthcare system, the structure is going to fundamentally change over the next five years, and we think Myriad is well positioned to be part of the solution and the changes that are going to have to happen in our healthcare system. The types of products we work on, disease prevention, that is the most cost effective way to treat patients, early diagnosis or an optimal treatment. And all of these solutions that Myriad is bringing to bear, we think will make a very profound impact on the healthcare structure over the coming years.

Myriad has identified three strategic directives for growth, and I am going to go into a little more detail on each of the three of these in the coming slides. First is growing our existing products in our existing markets. Second is developing our international presence, and third is a plethora of new opportunities in new tests and companion diagnostics. Each of these strategic directives has a $1 billion plus market potential, and that’s why I want to outline the initiatives that we are undertaking in each of these strategic buckets.

First, in the existing products, we have nine products on the market right now. Our flagship product is BRACAnalysis, which is about 81% of our revenue. The first five products on this slide are all products in the hereditary cancer space. BRACAnalysis is a good example of that. BRACAnalysis evaluates the mutation status of two genes, BRCA one and two. If a patient is found to have a mutation in one of these genes, that patient will have an 87% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer and up to a 44% chance of developing ovarian cancer. But the important thing is that if a patient knows they have that mutation, with appropriate medical management steps they can reduce the risk of those cancers by over 90%.

The second product on this slide is COLARIS. The story is similar for COLARIS except that looks at genes that are responsible for hereditary colon cancer or endometrial cancer. Now the OnDose, PREZEON, TheraGuide 5-FU, those are all products that we called personalized medicine products. Those in particular allow an oncologists to determine what appropriate chemotherapies might be for patients with cancer, and in particular in this case, it’s for the administration of 5-Fluorouracil which is the backbone of chemotherapy for colon cancer.

And the last test on this slide is PROLARIS. PROLARIS is a prognostic test that helps a urologist determine whether a prostate cancer is indolent or whether it’s a very aggressive form of prostate cancer. And I will talk a little bit more about our strategies for commercializing that product in a second. So these are the nine commercial products.

Now I want to specifically talk about three that have very significant opportunities for growth in the near term. The first is BRACAnalysis. BRACAnalysis has a market potential of over $1 billion. We’ve penetrated that market less than 30% at this point. And there are a number of initiatives that we are working on to further penetration in the market. First in ovarian cancer, in triple negative breast cancer and carcinoma in situ. Also we are looking to expand our OB/GYN sales force. The unexpected marketplace for BRACAnalysis, these are patients that don’t have cancer yet but have a family history and therefore would like to prevent that cancer from happening. That’s a very large market. The market size over $10 billion potential market and we have penetrated that market less than 7%. So there is a significant opportunity for growth in that market and we continue to expand our women’s health sales force to take advantage of that.

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