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Myriad Genetics: In the Eye of a Policy Storm

E. Richard Gold

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Julia Carbone

affiliation not provided to SSRN

September 9, 2008

From the late 1980s, a storm surrounding the wisdom, ethics and economics of human gene patents has been brewing. The various winds of concern in this storm touched on the impact of gene patents on basic and clinical research, on health care delivery, and on the ability of public health care systems to provide equal access when faced with costly patented genetic diagnostic tests. Myriad Genetics, Inc. along with its subsidiary, Myriad Genetic Laboratories, Inc., a small Utah-based biotechnology company, found itself unwittingly in the eye of this storm after a series of decisions it made regarding the commercialization of a hereditary breast cancer diagnostic test. This case study examine the background to Myriad's decisions, the context in which these decisions were made and the policy, research and business response to them.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 59

Keywords: Myriad Genetics, genes, patents, ethics, business models, public health care, clinicial genetics, Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan

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Date posted: September 12, 2008  

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Gold, E. Richard and Carbone, Julia, Myriad Genetics: In the Eye of a Policy Storm (September 9, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1260098 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1260098

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E. Richard Gold (Contact Author)
McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )
3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Julia Carbone
affiliation not provided to SSRN
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