Myriad obtains CE Mark for Tumor BRACAnalysis CDx and launches test in Europe as companion diagnostic for PARP inhibitors

Jan. 12, 2015

Myriad Genetics, Inc., has obtained CE Marking in Europe for its Tumor BRACAnalysis CDx test, which identifies tumors that have mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. Tumor BRACAnalysis CDx can identify patients who would be appropriate candidates for treatment with Lynparza, a poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitor.

Last month, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved Lynparza as monotherapy for maintenance treatment of adult patients with platinum-sensitive relapsed BRCA-mutated (germline and/or somatic) high grade serous epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who are in complete or partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy. It is estimated that more than 28 percent of ovarian cancer patients carry a deleterious germline or somatic mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes and may benefit from Lynparza therapy. In clinical studies conducted by Myriad, the Tumor BRACAnalysis CDx test identified up to 44 percent more cancer patients with BRCA mutations who are candidates for treatment with PARP inhibitors, compared to conventional germline BRCA testing alone.

“The trend in modern medicine is toward tailored therapy that will give patients the best chance for successful outcomes. In ovarian cancer, it is critical to identify which patients have somatic or germline BRCA mutations and may benefit from the new class of PARP inhibitors,” says Colin Hayward, MD, European medical director, Myriad. “Tumor BRACAnalysis CDx detects both germline and somatic BRCA mutations.”

Myriad Genetics GmbH offers Tumor BRACAnalysis CDx throughout Europe performed at its laboratories in Munich, Germany. The test has an average 14-day laboratory turnaround time.

Learn more about companion diagnostics at the Myriad website