BURLINGTON, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Labcorp (NYSE: LH), a leading global life sciences company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire select operating assets and intellectual property (IP) from Myriad Genetics’ autoimmune business unit, including the Vectra® rheumatoid arthritis (RA) assay. More than one million Vectra tests have been completed since the product’s launch in November 2010, and a meaningful portion of testing volume currently flows through Labcorp.
“Labcorp has consistently been a major player in rheumatology and continues to focus on providing medical professionals with the data they need to best treat their RA patients,” said Brian Caveney, M.D., chief medical officer and president of Labcorp Diagnostics. “The addition of the Vectra testing capabilities to our in-house products offers tremendous potential for us to expand the test’s availability and make Labcorp a single-source diagnostics solution for RA providers. We look forward to welcoming the team to Labcorp.”
Vectra is a non-invasive, blood-based test that analyzes 12 biomarkers to measure RA disease activity. It combines those measures to generate an easy-to-understand score, which indicates the severity of RA inflammation and how well current treatments are working. It also can predict potential, future joint damage. This enables the 5,000 practicing rheumatologists in the U.S. to provide targeted treatment and adjust existing treatments to better manage RA symptoms.
Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder and one of the most common forms of arthritis, causes painful inflammation and tissue damage in the knees, wrists, and other joints. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project that, by 2040, roughly 26% of the country’s adult population will be living with doctor-diagnosed arthritis such as RA.
The acquisition of the Vectra test and related IP and other assets complements Labcorp’s prior business activity aimed at bolstering its scientific leadership in RA testing and treatment.
The transaction is expected to close by the end of the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. Specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Hogan Lovells acted as legal advisor to Labcorp.
Labcorp is a leading global life sciences company that provides vital information to help doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, researchers, and patients make clear and confident decisions. Through our unparalleled diagnostics and drug development capabilities, we provide insights and accelerate innovations to improve health and improve lives. With more than 70,000 employees, we serve clients in more than 100 countries. Labcorp (NYSE: LH) reported revenue of $14.0 billion in 2020. Learn more about us at www.Labcorp.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @Labcorp.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements with respect to the transaction, expected closing timing, projected growth of arthritis in the U.S. population, the anticipated impact of the transaction, and the potential to expand the Vectra test’s availability.
Each of the forward-looking statements is subject to change based on various important factors, many of which are beyond the company’s control, including without limitation, the risk that the transaction may not be completed in a timely manner or at all; the failure to satisfy the conditions to closing the transaction, including the receipt of certain regulatory approvals; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the transaction agreement; our ability to implement our plans, forecasts and other expectations with respect to the Vectra testing business after completion of the proposed transaction; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our business and financial condition and on general economic, business, and market conditions; our ability (or inability) to execute on our plans to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, competitive actions and other unforeseen changes and general uncertainties in the marketplace; changes in government regulations, including health care reform; customer purchasing decisions, including changes in payer regulations or policies; other adverse actions of governmental and third-party payers; changes in testing guidelines or recommendations; federal, state, and local government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic; the effect of public opinion on the company’s reputation; adverse results in material litigation matters; the impact of changes in tax laws and regulations; failure to maintain or develop customer relationships; our ability to develop or acquire new products and adapt to technological changes; failure in information technology, systems or data security; adverse weather conditions; the number of revenue days in a financial period; employee relations; personnel costs; and the effect of exchange rate fluctuations. These factors, in some cases, have affected and in the future (together with other factors) could affect the company’s ability to implement the company’s business strategy and actual results could differ materially from those suggested by these forward-looking statements. As a result, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any of our forward-looking statements.
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