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Free startup strategy event Thursday, Myriad celebrates co-founder’s life

January 2, 2019

Free strategy for startups event Thursday

Entrepreneurs and business startup hopefuls can start off the new year learning more about strategy for startups at RevRoad University from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

This free business event will feature a workshop on strategy and a conversation with Craig Earnshaw, founder of LifeLink Corp. The workshop will focus on traction, including lean startup principles, how to get validation early on and how to build relationships with a company’s first customers.

As part of the event, Earnshaw will talk with RevRoad’s Rebecca Palmer about how he started his tech company in the ’70s, how it grew and its acquisition story. They will also discuss Earnshaw’s work as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University, a mentor and an investor. Audience members are strongly encouraged to come with questions of their own for Earnshaw. Lunch will be served after the interview.

Attendees can add their names to the Meetup event at https://bit.ly/2EITz1e.

Myriad salutes the life of its co-founder

Myriad Genetics Inc. announced that the company’s former CEO Peter Durkee Meldrum, age 71, passed away Dec. 20.

Durkee was a co-founder of Myriad Genetics, forming the company with Dr. Mark Skolnick in 1992. Durkee steered the company from its inception through its initial public offering in 1995, to a profitable company with more than 2,500 employees that provided over two million patient test results by the time of his retirement in 2015.

Under his leadership, the company made numerous important strategic and scientific achievements including the discovery of the BRCA1/2 genes; the launch of BRACAnalysis, which was the first commercial test for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer; the acquisitions of Myriad RBM and Crescendo Bioscience; and the company’s expansion outside the United States.

“We are deeply saddened by Pete’s passing,” said Mark. C. Capone, president and CEO, Myriad Genetics. “He was a scientific visionary and pioneer in the fields of personalized medicine and molecular diagnostics. He cared deeply about making a difference in patients’ lives by providing perfect test results which are values that we continue to live by every day.”

Dukee was born in 1947 in Salt Lake City. He was selected by Scientific American as one of the Top 50 Scientific Visionaries in the World and was a member of the Scientific American Thinkbank. He was awarded the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology in 1998 and received the Mountain West Venture’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2001. He received the Distinguished Chemical Engineer Award from the University of Utah in 2007 and the American Federation for Aging Research Award of Distinction in 2008. He was inducted into the Utah Technology Council Hall of Fame in 2009.

“Pete’s business acumen drove our company’s growth throughout his tenure as CEO,” said John T. Henderson, M.D., chairman of the board, Myriad Genetics. “His consistent focus on the individual patient, commitment to research and strive for perfection were the cornerstones of his success and are values that we continue to cherish as a company.”

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