SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Myriad Genetics, Inc. (MYGN), a leader in molecular diagnostics and precision medicine, announced today that it has submitted a supplementary premarket approval (sPMA) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its BRACAnalysis® CDx test as a companion diagnostic to AstraZeneca’s (LSE/OMX Nordic/NYSE: AZN) and Merck’s PARP inhibitor Lynparza® (olaparib) for men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.
“This submission represents our tenth PMA filing for BRACAnalysis CDx in support of Lynparza and will help men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer get access to the most advanced therapies,” said Nicole Lambert, president Myriad Oncology. “Myriad remains highly committed to helping our pharmaceutical partners deliver precision medicine for patients with cancer.”
Myriad’s filing for BRACAnalysis CDx is based on the positive clinical results from the PROfound study, which assessed the efficacy and safety of olaparib versus abiraterone acetate or enzalutamide in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer who have progressed on prior treatment with new hormonal agent treatments and have a mutation in their homologous recombination repair (HRRm) genes. The trial met its primary endpoint demonstrating a statistically-significant and clinically-meaningful improvement of radiographic progression-free survival (rPFS) among men with mutations in BRCA1/2 or ATM who were treated with olaparib. The trial also met a key secondary endpoint demonstrating significant rPFS with olaparib in the overall trial population of men with BRCA1/2, ATM, CDK12 and 11 other HRRm gene mutations.
Every year approximately 32,000 men are diagnosed with, or progress to, metastatic prostate cancer in the United States.
The collaboration between Myriad and AstraZeneca began in 2007 and has resulted in multiple regulatory approvals for BRACAnalysis CDx enabling more patients to benefit from treatment with olaparib.
- December 2019: FDA approved BRACAnalysis CDx as a companion diagnostic to identify patients with pancreatic cancer who are eligible for treatment with Lynparza.
- February 2019: The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare approved BRACAnalysis CDx as a companion diagnostic to identify women with ovarian cancer who have a germline BRCA mutation and are eligible for first-line maintenance therapy with Lynparza.
- December 2018: FDA approved BRACAnalysis CDx as a companion diagnostic to identify patients newly diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer who are eligible for first-line maintenance treatment with Lynparza.
- March 2018: The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare approved BRACAnalysis CDx as a companion diagnostic to identify patients with germline BRCAm metastatic breast cancer who have been previously treated with chemotherapy and are eligible for treatment with Lynparza.
- January 2018: FDA approved BRACAnalysis CDx as a companion diagnostic to identify patients with germline BRCAm metastatic breast cancer who have been previously treated with chemotherapy and are eligible treatment with Lynparza.
- August 2017: FDA approved BRACAnalysis CDx as a complementary diagnostic to identify patients with recurrent platinum-sensitive germline BRCAm ovarian cancer who are eligible for maintenance treatment with Lynparza.
- Dec. 2014: FDA approved BRACAnalysis CDx as a companion diagnostic to identify patients with advanced ovarian cancer who are eligible for fourth-line treatment with Lynparza.
About BRACAnalysis CDx®
BRACAnalysis CDx is an in vitro diagnostic device intended for the qualitative detection and classification of variants in the protein coding regions and intron/exon boundaries of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes using genomic DNA obtained from whole blood specimens collected in EDTA. Single nucleotide variants and small insertions and deletions (indels) are identified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and Sanger sequencing. Large deletions and duplications in BRCA1 and BRCA2 are detected using multiplex PCR. Results of the test are used as an aid in identifying cancer patients with deleterious or suspected deleterious germline BRCA variants, who are or may become eligible for treatment with Lynparza® (olaparib). Detection of deleterious or suspected deleterious germline BRCA1 and BRCA2 variants by the BRACAnalysis CDx test in ovarian cancer patients is also associated with enhanced progression-free survival (PFS) from Zejula™ (niraparib) maintenance therapy. This assay is for professional use only and is to be performed only at Myriad Genetic Laboratories, a single laboratory site located at 320 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108. Learn more at
About Myriad Genetics
Myriad Genetics Inc. is a leading precision medicine company dedicated to being a trusted advisor transforming patient lives worldwide with pioneering molecular diagnostics. Myriad discovers and commercializes molecular diagnostic tests that: determine the risk of developing disease, accurately diagnose disease, assess the risk of disease progression, and guide treatment decisions across six major medical specialties where molecular diagnostics can significantly improve patient care and lower healthcare costs. Myriad is focused on five critical success factors: building upon a solid hereditary cancer foundation, growing new product volume, expanding reimbursement coverage for new products, increasing RNA kit revenue internationally and improving profitability with Elevate 2020. For more information on how Myriad is making a difference, please visit the Company's website: www.myriad.com.
Myriad, the Myriad logo, BART, BRACAnalysis, Colaris, Colaris AP, myPath, myRisk, Myriad myRisk, myRisk Hereditary Cancer, myChoice, myPlan, BRACAnalysis CDx, Tumor BRACAnalysis CDx, myChoice CDx, EndoPredict, Vectra, GeneSight, riskScore, Prolaris, Foresight and Prequel are trademarks or registered trademarks of Myriad Genetics, Inc. or its wholly owned subsidiaries in the United States and foreign countries. MYGN-F, MYGN-G.
Lynparza is a registered trademark of AstraZeneca.
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