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Monday, June 30, 2008

Myriad Genetics Reports Results of U.S. Phase 3 Trial of Flurizan™ in Alzheimer's Disease


Flurizan Fails to Achieve Significance on Either Co-Primary Endpoint; Company Has Decided to Discontinue Its Development of Flurizan


Myriad Genetics today announced results of the Act-Earli-AD trial, an 18-month Phase 3 study of Flurizan (tarenflurbil) in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease. The study did not achieve statistical significance on either of its primary endpoints -- cognition and activities of daily living.

"We are disappointed that Flurizan failed to achieve significance in this study, and we will now discontinue development of this compound," said Peter Meldrum, President and Chief Executive Officer of Myriad Genetics, Inc. "The discontinuation of Flurizan will reduce our pharmaceutical development spend substantially and should enable Myriad to achieve profitability next year, ending June 30, 2009."

During fiscal 2008, Myriad spent approximately $60 million on development of Flurizan. The remaining expenses to wrap up its Flurizan program are projected to be approximately $8 million in total, spread primarily over the next two fiscal quarters.