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Myriad RBM Test Helping to Mine Secrets of Normal Immune System

Scientists have long known that an abnormal immune system can help cause diseases such as asthma and Type 1 diabetes. But to understand what makes an immune system abnormal, it’s important to know exactly what a normal immune system looks like. Oddly enough, few large-scale studies have been done to explore the immune systems of healthy people to see how much they can differ from each other and still be considered in the normal range.

DaVita Labs and Myriad RBM Announce Biomarker Research Collaboration

DaVita Labs, a unit of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE:DVA) and Myriad RBM, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Myriad Genetics (Nasdaq:MYGN) announced today a research collaboration to conduct protein biomarker discovery research with the goal of developing and commercializing diagnostic tests that could benefit in the treatment of dialysis patients.

DaVita and Myriad have identified potential opportunities where novel diagnostic tests utilizing blood-based protein biomarkers could improve the quality of life for patients and potentially lower overall healthcare costs. The primary area of focus will include the prediction of vascular access failure.

“This collaboration uses DaVita’s proprietary biorepository that is intended to facilitate innovative research across renal disease,” said Chris Rucker, president of DaVita Labs and DaVita Clinical Research. “Myriad recognizes the value that the biorepository can bring to research and development activities, and we look forward to collaborating with Myriad on the research and development of novel diagnostics that could transform our industry.”

“We are enthusiastic to collaborate with a company of the caliber of DaVita in the field of dialysis, one of the largest health care service markets,” said Craig Benson, president Myriad RBM. “We have extensive experience with research in kidney disease and inflammatory markers that we believe could increase the quality of care for dialysis patients.”

Specimens from the DaVita biorepository will be processed on the Myriad RBM DiscoveryMAP® platform for the quantification of more than 300 important proteins. DiscoveryMAP analyzes protein biomarkers correlated with inflammatory, metabolic and renal disease conditions that could have meaningful utility as diagnostic criteria for dialysis patients. Myriad is expected to begin processing specimens associated with this collaboration in fiscal year 2014.

Source: Myriad Genetics

Myriad Announces Diabetes Collaboration With Sanofi

Myriad Genetics (Nasdaq:MYGN) announced today that Myriad RBM, a wholly owned subsidiary of Myriad Genetics, has entered into a research collaboration with Sanofi, a global and diversified healthcare leader, and Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) at Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University. Through this collaboration, Myriad RBM will perform protein biomarker research for the Outcome Reduction with Initial Glargine Intervention (ORIGIN) study, the world’s longest and largest randomized clinical trial in pre- and early diabetes. The relationship between the biomarker results and clinical outcomes will be analyzed by investigators at PHRI.

Bio-Rad and Myriad RBM Partner to Commercialize Multiplex Biomarker Kits for Life Science Research

Bio Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb), a multinational manufacturer and distributor of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, and Myriad RBM, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Myriad Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: MYGN), and a leading multiplex biomarker testing company, today announced that they have partnered to develop and distribute high-quality immunoassay kits. Under the terms of the agreement, Myriad RBM grants Bio-Rad exclusive distribution rights, for research purposes, to the largest catalog of quantitative multiplexed immunoassays currently available to run on the Bio-Plex® 200, Bio-Plex® 3D, and Bio-Plex® MAGPIX™ instruments.

The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation Announces a Biomarker Panel to Guide SMA Therapeutic Development

The Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Foundation announced today the launch of a biomarker assay panel for SMA using Myriad RBM’s Multi-Analyte Profiling (MAP) technology platform. The SMA-MAP panel is designed to evaluate the severity of SMA and disease progression and can be used to assess drug efficacy and shorten the duration of clinical trials for SMA therapeutics.