Crescendo Bioscience Names Elena Hitraya M.D., Ph.D., as Chief Medical Officer
Former Group Medical Director of Rheumatology Medical Affairs at Genentech Joins Leadership Team
SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Crescendo Bioscience, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Myriad Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq:MYGN), announced that Elena Hitraya M.D., Ph.D., has joined the Company as the chief medical officer of Crescendo Bioscience, effective October 1, 2015. She will report to Bernie Tobin, president of Crescendo Bioscience.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Hitraya to the Crescendo team. Her experience, leadership and exceptional track record in both rheumatology and immunology make her ideally suited to lead the medical affairs functions at Crescendo,” said Mr. Tobin. “The addition of Dr. Hitraya underscores our commitment to recruit world-class talent and build a leadership team that is focused on improving patient care. She is joining us at a pivotal time as the use of our lead product, Vectra® DA, is growing, and we’re expanding the state-of-the-art in our scientific understanding of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other immune-mediated conditions.”
In her new role, Dr. Hitraya will lead efforts to provide professional education initiatives and to expand market access for Vectra DA and the Company’s pipeline of autoimmune products. She will also be instrumental in efforts to develop other autoimmune products beyond rheumatoid arthritis.
“This is a wonderful time to join Crescendo, with its commitment to developing and commercializing innovative molecular tests that are opening the doors to personalized medicine for patients with RA and other autoimmune diseases,” said Dr. Hitraya. “I welcome this opportunity to lead the talented teams of medical and scientific experts at Crescendo who will help us improve the lives of patients.”
Dr. Hitraya comes to Crescendo with more than 25 years of experience in rheumatology and immunology, and she has published extensively. Over the past 11 years, she has held several leadership positions at Genentech, including most recently as group medical director of rheumatology/immunology for the Genentech/Roche group. Prior to Genentech, Dr. Hitraya was regional director of medical affairs for immunology at Centocor, a division of Johnson & Johnson. She received her medical degree from Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest, Hungary and her doctoral degree in clinical rheumatology from the Institute of Rheumatology of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia. Dr. Hitraya completed a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology at the Division of Rheumatology at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pa.
About Crescendo Bioscience
Crescendo Bioscience, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Myriad Genetics, Inc., is a molecular diagnostics company dedicated to developing and commercializing quantitative blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune diseases, located in South San Francisco, California. Crescendo Bioscience develops quantitative, objective, blood tests to provide rheumatologists with deeper clinical insight to help enable more effective management of patients with autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. For more information, please visit the company’s website at: www.crescendobio.com.
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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