Myriad Genetics (MYGN) Adds ARR to Prolaris Biomarker Test

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08/17/2023

Myriad Genetics, Inc. MYGN recently announced the addition of Absolute Risk Reduction (“ARR”) to the Prolaris Prostate Cancer Prognostic Test. The enhancement will help patients and providers make personalized treatment decisions regarding hormone therapy.

Prolaris is the only biomarker test to quantify the benefits of adding androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) to radiation therapy (RT)1. The latest development will significantly bolster MYGN’s Urology division.

Significance of the News

Patients diagnosed with localized prostate cancer are at the discretion to select from the different kinds of therapies available. Most often, they tend to consider combining therapies together or simply doing individual therapy.

Although ADT can potentially slow down the progression of prostate cancer, it can come with significant side effects, such as bone and muscle loss, weight gain and increased cardiovascular risk. Per a representative at Myriad Genetics, weighing the benefits of ADT against side effects is critical for patients with prostate cancer to take the best treatment decisions.

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The Prolaris test allows physicians to counsel patients on whether adding ADT to their treatment plans may reduce their individualized risks of metastasis. This offers increased clarity to make informed decisions, thereby balancing the potential side effects of ADT. Apart from identifying those patients who can safely forego ADT, the latest Prolaris enhancement will provide an individual assessment of how adding ADT to radiation therapy may reduce their risk of metastasis over 10 years.

Further, a study presented at the 2023 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting demonstrated that Prolaris can predict the ARR of metastasis when ADT is added to RT, regardless of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network risk group.

Industry Prospects

Per a research report, the global prostate cancer therapeutics market was valued at $12.12 billion in 2022 and is expected to witness a CAGR of 8.4% up to 2030.

Recent Developments

Last week, MYGN and Intermountain Precision Genomics, part of the Intermountain Health system, announced participation in ComboMATCH clinical trials. Led by the National Cancer Institute and the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group, the platform aims to help identify and show the efficacy of new anti-cancer drug combinations for patients with locally advanced or metastatic solid tumor cancers. To be eligible for enrollment for ComboMATCH, the companies will begin providing oncology test results.

In addition, Myriad Genetics recently announced enhancements to its GeneSight Psychotropic test, a pharmacogenomic test for mental health medications. The GeneSight report will now include information on how a patient's smoking status may impact their body's metabolism of certain medications.

Price Performance

In the past six months, Myriad Genetics’ shares have decreased 5.9% compared with the industry’s decline of 9.3%.

Zacks Rank and Key Picks

Myriad Genetics currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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