Case Number: 5-304-504(B), Year Published: 2004
HBS Number: KEL053
Health Care, Genetic Testing, Patient Advocacy, Non-government organizations, Patenting, Global
The case describes Myriad Genetics and its struggle to develop a genetic testing service while facing challenges from competitors and activist organizations. After Myriad’s discovery of the BRCA gene, capable of genetic testing for breast cancer in women, Myriad would need to choose a strategy to provide this service to the public. With several major competitors offering similar services, intense media scrutiny, and a charged activist and political climate, a poor Myriad decision could face major repercussions.
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