Founded in 1991, Myriad was one of the first genomic companies, driven by the vision of elucidating the role genes play in human disease and using this critical information to improve patient care by developing novel molecular diagnostic products.
- Myriad’s molecular diagnostic products are designed to assess an individual’s risk for developing disease so that action can be taken to prevent or delay its onset.
- Our diagnostic tests help in the early and accurate diagnosis of disease, when it is more treatable and survival rates are better.
- Our prognostic medicine products assess a patient’s risk of disease progression and recurrence, so that a healthcare professional knows how aggressively to treat the disease.
- Our companion diagnostic products identify a patient’s likelihood of responding to a particular therapy to ensure optimal treatment decisions.
Myriad and Gene Discovery
In conjunction with numerous collaborators from around the world, Myriad scientists have discovered many important disease-causing genes, including:
- BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer;
- p16 cell cycle control gene that increases the risk of developing a variety of cancers, notably melanoma;
- PTEN tumor suppressor gene that is involved in the development of many cancers;
- ELAC2 prostate cancer gene.
Myriad Developed the First Molecular Diagnostic Test for Breast Cancer
In 1996, Myriad introduced the first molecular diagnostic test for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. This test, BRACAnalysis ®, became the standard of care for determining a person’s risk of developing these hereditary cancers and has been followed by several other innovative molecular diagnostic tests for breast, colon, lung, pancreatic, prostate, ovarian and uterine cancers, as well as melanoma. To date, Myriad’s hereditary cancer tests have benefited more than 1.3 million patients.
Protein Biomarker Solutions Have Been Added to Our Technology Portfolio
Myriad is a pioneer in applying nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) technologies to identifying novel genetic biomarkers that have the potential to save lives and improve the quality of life for patients with cancer or who have a family history of the disease. In 2011, Myriad acquired Rules-Based Medicine of Austin, Texas, a leader in using multiplex immunoassay technologies to discover protein biomarkers. The ability to work with DNA, RNA and proteins gives Myriad a complete complement of biomarker technologies and positions the Company as a leader in the emerging field of companion diagnostics. Learn more about Myriad RBM.
We Have Expanded into the Area of Autoimmune Diseases
In 2014, as part of our efforts to add to our diagnostic portfolio that is focused on saving lives and improving the quality of life for patients across major diseases, Myriad acquired Crescendo Bioscience, a global leader in autoimmune diagnostics, located in South San Francisco, California. Crescendo pioneered protein-based diagnostics for monitoring disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and has a pipeline of products under development for a wide range of autoimmune diseases and conditions.
Global Expansion and Increased Reach
In 2012, Myriad expanded internationally with the opening of our laboratory in Munich, Germany. We currently have a presence in 128 countries: 16 in which we have direct subsidiaries and 112 countries in which we have 44 distributors on 6 continents. Our international corporate headquarters is located in Zurich, Switzerland, and we have sales operations in Paris, France; Madrid, Spain; Milan, Italy; Munich and Zurich. We believe that our predictive, prognostic and personalized medicine products and companion diagnostics will benefit patients worldwide by assisting healthcare professionals in guiding their healthcare decisions.