SALT LAKE CITY, May 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Crescendo Bioscience, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Myriad Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq:MYGN), today announced the online publication of a new study in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases for Crescendo's Vectra DA blood test. The study is a retrospective analysis of data from the Swedish Farmacotherapy (SWEFOT) clinical trial and shows that Vectra DA is a strong predictor of radiographically visible damage to joints, known as disease progression, in patients newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Vectra DA is the only multi-biomarker blood test validated to assess disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
This study evaluated the Vectra DA test score as a predictor of one-year radiographic progression in 235 patients in SWEFOT. All patients had early rheumatoid arthritis and had not been previously treated with a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). The results showed that the Vectra DA score at baseline was an independent predictor of radiographic progression over one year of DMARD treatment. Among the 201 patients with a high Vectra DA score at baseline, 21 percent had radiographic progression at one year. By contrast, of the 34 patients with a low/moderate Vectra DA score, only 3.4 percent had radiographic progression at one year, confirming that patients who do not have a high score are at low risk of progression. Vectra DA also effectively differentiated patients with and without disease progression better than the C-reactive protein (CRP) test, and other traditional measures of disease activity, including DAS28-CRP. These findings underscore the clinical value of Vectra DA for predicting disease progression in newly diagnosed patients with RA and its potential to help doctors manage patients based on their risk of disease progression. Importantly, these findings build on earlier results from the Leiden Early Arthritis Cohort study published in Rheumatology (Oxford), which showed that patients with a high Vectra DA score were at a six-fold higher risk of disease progression than those with a low Vectra DA score.
"Our study demonstrates that Vectra DA provides highly relevant clinical information in patients with newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis," said Ronald F. van Vollenhoven, M.D., Ph.D, Department of Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. "With this test taken before anti-rheumatic therapies are started, the clinician will have more knowledge about the patient's prognosis to help inform decisions regarding treatment, an important step toward personalized medicine in the treatment of this important musculoskeletal disease."
About Vectra DA
Vectra DA is the only multi-biomarker blood test for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity that integrates the concentrations of 12 serum proteins associated with RA disease activity into a single objective score, on a scale of 1 to 100, to help physicians make more informed treatment decisions. Vectra DA testing is performed at the Crescendo Bioscience state-of-the-art CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) facility. Test results are reported to the physician 5 to 7 days from shipping of the specimen to Crescendo Bioscience. Physicians can receive test results via standard mail, by fax or via the private web portal, VectraView. For more information on Vectra DA, please visit, www.Vectra-DA.com.
About Crescendo Bioscience
Crescendo Bioscience, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Myriad Genetics, Inc., is a molecular diagnostics company dedicated to developing and commercializing quantitative blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune diseases, located in South San Francisco, California. Crescendo Bioscience develops quantitative, objective, blood tests to provide rheumatologists with deeper clinical insight to help enable more effective management of patients with autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. For more information, please visit the company's website at: www.CrescendoBio.com.
About Myriad Genetics
Myriad Genetics is a leading molecular diagnostic company dedicated to making a difference in patients' lives through the discovery and commercialization of transformative tests to assess a person's risk of developing disease, guide treatment decisions and assess risk of disease progression and recurrence. Myriad's molecular diagnostic tests are based on an understanding of the role genes play in human disease and were developed with a commitment to improving an individual's decision making process for monitoring and treating disease. Myriad is focused on strategic directives to introduce new products, including companion diagnostics, as well as expanding internationally. For more information on how Myriad is making a difference, please visit the Company's website: www.myriad.com.
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