SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Myriad Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq:MYGN) today announced that Johnathan M. Lancaster, M.D., Ph.D. has joined the Company as the vice president of Medical Affairs for Oncology, Myriad Genetic Laboratories, effective Feb. 9, 2015. In this new role, Dr. Lancaster will provide medical and scientific leadership across Myriad's expanding portfolio of molecular and companion diagnostic products and services for oncology. Dr. Lancaster will report to Lloyd Sanders, general manager for the Oncology Business Unit at Myriad Genetic Laboratories.
"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Lancaster to the Myriad team with his outstanding experience in gynecologic oncology, molecular genetics and personalized medicine," said Mark Capone, president of Myriad Genetic Laboratories. "The addition of Dr. Lancaster continues our commitment to recruit world-class talent and build a commercial team that is focused on translating our pioneering science into personalized care for patients. He is joining us at a pivotal time when we're rapidly expanding our portfolio of molecular and companion diagnostic tests in oncology."
In his new role, Dr. Lancaster will leverage his molecular genetics expertise and many years of patient care to enhance the medical value of Myriad's molecular diagnostic and companion diagnostic tests in multiple therapeutic areas including lung, colon, breast and ovarian cancer. Specifically, he will lead medical and health economic activities to support market access strategies for the Company's oncology products and professional education initiatives aimed at improving the practice and management of healthcare.
"Dr. Lancaster is a recognized healthcare leader and scientist whose research interests for the last twenty-plus years have focused on the molecular genetics of women's cancers and the development of personalized medicine strategies for treatment of malignancy," said Mr. Sanders. "He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed scholarly articles and multiple book chapters. His combination of clinical, research and molecular diagnostics expertise, coupled with his understanding of the business of medicine and the evolving value-based healthcare environment, is unique and will be a tremendous asset to our team."
"I am honored and delighted to be joining the Myriad team," said Dr. Lancaster. "It provides me with a compelling opportunity to make a difference and accelerate progress in the field of cancer research and patient care. We share a passion for personalized medicine, and I look forward to developing innovative and exciting molecular diagnostic tests that serve the needs of physicians and enhance care for patients."
Dr. Lancaster comes to Myriad with more than 20 years of experience in oncology. Over the past 12 years, he held leadership positions at Moffitt Cancer Center, including president of Moffitt Medical Group, deputy physician-in-chief, director of the Center for Women's Oncology, and chair of the Department of Women's Oncology. Before Moffitt, Dr. Lancaster was a medical director of the Gynecologic Dysplasia Clinic at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, where he also completed his residency and fellowship training. He is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and gynecologic oncology. Dr. Lancaster received his medical and doctoral degrees in molecular genetics from the University of Wales, UK.
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 website: www.myriad.com.
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