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May 28, 2014
07:48 EDTMYGN, LHMyriad cancer testing franchise to lose share, says Leerink
Leerink says Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield's announcement that it is terminating its participation agreements with Myriad Genetics is consistent with its view that the company's core hereditary cancer testing franchise will experience market share and price erosion over time. Leerink notes defenders of Myriad had argued that the company remained in Horizon's network while LabCorp (LH) was the preferred provider, which will no longer be the case. It has a Market Perform rating on Myriad.
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May 22, 2015
12:34 EDTLHOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:10 EDTLHQuest declines comment to Bloomberg on takeover speculation
Quest Diagnostics (DGX) declined comment to Bloomberg regarding the takeover speculation that pushed the company's stock higher today. Shares of Quest are up $7.01 to $80.89 in midday trading. Shares spiked earlier in the trading day amid talk among traders that Quest hired an investment bank to explore a sale after being approached by a suitor. The talk is unconfirmed speculation that has not been reported by any news agencies. Quest peer LabCorp (LH) is up $1.74 to $122.10 at midday.
10:46 EDTLHLabCorp volatility increases
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10:43 EDTLHQuest Diagnostics jumps amid takeover speculation
The move higher in Quest Diagnostics (DGX), which was earlier halted for volatility and remains up 15% to $85 per share in morning trading, has been attributed to takeover speculation. Peer Lab Corp. (LH) is also up 3.9% to $125 in morning trading.
May 19, 2015
09:31 EDTLHORIG3N announces strategic collaboration with LabCorp
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07:28 EDTLHUBS to hold a conference
Global Healthcare Conference is being held in New York on May 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 19 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
May 18, 2015
08:46 EDTLHLabCorp announces full portfolio of Hep C virus drug resistance assays
LabCorp announced the launch of two new Hepatitis C Virus drug resistance assays. The HCV NS5A and NS5B Drug Resistance Assays expand LabCorp’s portfolio of HCV resistance tests that includes HCV GenoSure NS3/4A, which was launched in 2011. These tests are available through Monogram Biosciences, a member of the LabCorp Specialty Testing Group, and a leader in the development and commercialization of innovative antiviral diagnostics.
May 15, 2015
10:28 EDTMYGNMAC updates positive for NanoString, Myriad, Invitae, QIAGEN, says Leerink
Leerink said that coverage updates posted yesterday by Medicare Administrative Contractors were favorable for NanoString (NSTG), Myriad Genetics (MYGN), Invitae (NVTA) and QIAGEN (QGEN). The firm has Outperform ratings on NanoString and Invitae and Market Perform rating on the other two stocks listed.
07:09 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics presents clinical data for Prolaris test
Myriad Genetics presented clinical data for its Prolaris test at the 2015 American Urological Association, or AUA, Annual Meeting being held May 15-19 in New Orleans, La. The results highlighted and underscored the significant ability of the Prolaris test to help physicians improve care for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. In this pioneering study, Myriad presented important new clinical validation data that establishes an active surveillance, or AS, threshold for men with localized prostate cancer. Specifically, the AS threshold is a composite of the Prolaris test score and clinicopathologic features. In the validation data featured at AUA, the pre-defined AS threshold was evaluated in 765 conservatively managed men, and the clinical endpoint was 10-year risk of prostate cancer mortality. The results showed that at the AS threshold, the predicted 10-year survival rate of prostate cancer patients was 97%. Conversely, there was a three percent risk of 10-year, prostate-specific mortality. Importantly, however, there were no observed prostate cancer-specific deaths over 10 years among men whose scores fell below the AS threshold. Additionally, a separate analysis of 4,218 patients was performed to determine what percentage of patients who were clinically tested with Prolaris would be candidates for active surveillance based on the validated AS threshold. Of this commercial cohort, 36% qualified for active surveillance based on their clinical features alone. However, when the Prolaris test was added to the clinical risk assessment, 60% of these patients fell below the AS threshold, representing a significant increase in the total number of candidates who may be eligible for active surveillance.
May 13, 2015
18:47 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics to present data from 19 studies at 2015 ASCO meeting
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May 11, 2015
18:29 EDTMYGNAffordable Care Act guidance says insurers must cover BRCA1, BRCA2 testing
The United States Department of Labor issued updated Affordable Care Act guidance, which mandates that health insurers must cover testing for breast and ovarian cancer through analysis of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Myriad (MYGN), Foundation Medicine (FMI), and Genomic Health (GHDX) compete in the genetic testing space. Reference Link

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