SALT LAKE CITY and ZURICH, Switzerland, Oct. 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:MYGN), a leader in the personalized medicine industry with innovative, high-quality molecular diagnostics, today announced that Jan Schlüchter, Ph.D., has joined the Company as chief commercial officer (CCO) of Myriad Genetics GmbH, effective Oct. 15, 2015. He will report to Gary King, executive vice president, International Operations.
"Our international business represents a significant long-term growth opportunity for Myriad and the European region is our biggest near-term opportunity," said King. "We are delighted to welcome Jan Schlüchter as our new chief commercial officer. His experience in leading and transforming healthcare businesses will help us accelerate growth internationally."
Myriad Genetics GmbH is the Zurich-based international subsidiary of Myriad Genetics, Inc. and oversees the international operations outside the United States. As the CCO, Dr. Schlüchter will lead country operations in Europe to drive new growth opportunities, offering superior molecular diagnostic solutions for patients, physicians and payors. He will focus on commercializing the Company's portfolio of hereditary cancer tests, companion diagnostics and high-value test kits.
"I am excited to be joining an organization that is passionate about helping patients make the right healthcare decisions with its pioneering molecular diagnostics," said Dr. Schlüchter. "It is an exciting time at Myriad as the company advances its pipeline and expands its commercial activities internationally. Our goal is to make new leading molecular diagnostic solutions accessible to all patients globally, and I am looking forward to working with our key stakeholders."
Dr. Schlüchter has held several senior positions at Novartis over the past 12 years. Most recently he served as Global Head of Key Account Management at Novartis' headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Previously, he held General Management roles in Greece and Germany. Before Novartis, Dr. Schlüchter was a Consultant at McKinsey and has founded two companies. He received his master's degree in management from the University of Nuremberg, Germany and his doctor of philosophy degree in marketing from the University of Dortmund, Germany.
About Myriad Genetics GmbH
Myriad Genetics GmbH is the international subsidiary of Myriad Genetics, Inc. It has established international headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, a full service laboratory in Munich, Germany and offices in Munich, Germany; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain; Milan, Italy; London, UK; and Zurich, Switzerland. Additionally, Myriad Genetics GmbH has a network of distributors worldwide. For more information visit: www.myriadgenetics.eu.
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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