SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Myriad Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq:MYGN) today announced the appointment of Bernard F. Tobin as president of Crescendo Bioscience, effective January 5, 2015. Mr. Tobin will report to Peter D. Meldrum, president and CEO, Myriad Genetics, Inc., and will succeed William Hagstrom, who has chosen to pursue new start-up business and social venture opportunities. Mr. Hagstrom will remain with the company until January 2, 2015 to ensure a smooth transition in leadership.
"I want to thank Bill for his outstanding entrepreneurial vision in building Crescendo from the ground up and his leadership through the integration with Myriad to create a world-class diagnostic franchise," said Mr. Meldrum. "I wish Bill and his family the very best."
"I am grateful to the teams at Crescendo and Myriad for the remarkable opportunity to play a role in building an organization that is improving patients' lives and outcomes in autoimmune diseases," said Mr. Hagstrom. "I am very excited about Crescendo's future and am confident in the company's continued success."
As the new leader of Crescendo Bioscience, Mr. Tobin will leverage its strong expertise in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to drive new growth opportunities for Vectra® DA, including obtaining private payer coverage in the United States and expanding the business internationally. In addition, Mr. Tobin will focus on new products from Crescendo's robust pipeline of novel molecular diagnostics for other autoimmune disorders.
"We are delighted to welcome Bernie to the Crescendo team with his strong experience leading and growing healthcare businesses in the United States and globally," said Mr. Meldrum. "Crescendo is integral to our strategy to further diversify our portfolio and Bernie will assist us in taking Crescendo to the next level. We believe companion diagnostics for autoimmune disorders are one of the fastest-growing and highest-value segments in healthcare today."
"I look forward to working with the talented management team and employees to ensure that Crescendo is the world leader in molecular diagnostics for autoimmune diseases," said Mr. Tobin. "It is an exciting time to join Myriad, with its commitment to innovation, which will save and improve the lives of patients and help reduce overall healthcare costs."
Mr. Tobin held several senior positions at Amgen over the past seven years, including Executive Director of National Accounts, General Manager of both the Netherlands and Brazil and Global Head of Commercial Excellence. Before Amgen, Mr. Tobin held a variety of leadership roles in the commercial organization at Eli Lilly and Co. He received his bachelor of science degree in public service and administration from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and his master's in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
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, reproducible 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 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 is focused on strategic directives to grow existing markets, diversify through the introduction of new products, including companion diagnostics, as well as to expand internationally. For more information on how Myriad is making a difference, please visit the Company's websites: www.myriad.com.
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Source:Myriad Genetics, Inc.