Cardium Announces Dominique Dawes, Olympic Champion, as Web-Based Spokesperson for New MedPodium Podiatry-Focused Advanced Skin Care Product Line

Jun 14, 2010, 09:00 ET from Cardium Therapeutics

SAN DIEGO, June 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cardium Therapeutics (NYSE Amex: CXM) today announced Dominique Dawes, an Olympic champion, as the official web-based spokesperson for the Company's MedPodium podiatry-focused advanced skin care product line.




Dominique Dawes is an Olympic gymnast who competed in three Olympic Games, won three medals and has a permanent place in the U.S. Olympic Committee Hall of Fame.  Fans across the nation and around the world remember her as a member of the gold-medal-winning "Magnificent Seven" at the 1996 Atlanta Games, where she also won a bronze medal as she wowed the crowd with her stunning performance in the floor exercise, becoming the first female African-American gymnast to win an individual medal. Dawes is still the only African American gymnast with a gold medal.  She also earned a bronze medal with the U.S. team in the 1992 Barcelona Games and made a surprising comeback in the 2000 Sydney Games.  Dawes will be receiving an Olympic bronze medal this summer for the team competition in Sydney, due to the new revelations of the Chinese gymnasts being underage.  Throughout her career, Dominique has won more National Championship medals than any other athlete, male or female, since 1963, as well as numerous World Championship medals. One of Dominique’s greatest feats came when she swept all four events and won the All Around title at the 1994 National Championships.

States Dominique Dawes on being the spokesperson for the MedPodium product line, "As an athlete focused on health, fitness and wellness, I am excited to assist Cardium in the launch of their new premium skin care product line and new website."

"We welcome Dominique as the spokesperson for our over-the-counter MedPodium product line," stated Christopher J. Reinhard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cardium.  "MedPodium represents a new line of foot care products to broaden and complement Cardium's Excellagen topical gel product candidate platform, which is currently subject to a pending FDA 510(k) application submission for U.S. marketing clearance for the management of wounds including partial and full thickness wounds, pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, diabetic ulcers, and surgical and trauma wounds.  The MedPodium podiatry-focused advanced skin care line expands Cardium's product portfolio beyond the Company's current Excellagen product candidate platform that is being developed as an advanced wound care management device for use by health care professionals.  Following our initial product launch, we are planning to broaden our MedPodium line to include aesthetic-based products and other fitness and wellness products."

About MedPodium Advanced Skin Care Product Line

The initial MedPodium podiatric product line, which will carry six products, has been designed to promote foot health and comfort and support preventative care, self examination and early detection of foot ulcers, especially for diabetic patients with lower extremity neuropathy.  The MedPodium product line has been formulated to include blended natural and botanical ingredients, and will have no artificial colors and fragrances. The various products contain exfoliants to promote the release of dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells, natural vitamin antioxidants, natural medicinals to aid in circulation as well as other nutrient-rich ingredients to promote soft and supple skin.  Daily use of MedPodium's natural cremes and gels are intended to assist self examination and early detection of foot ulcers, which can potentially become a serious and chronic medical problem that can contribute to increased morbidity and mortality, without proper care and early treatment, especially for diabetic patients.  

About Cardium

Cardium is focused on the acquisition and strategic development of new and innovative bio-medical product opportunities and businesses that have the potential to address significant unmet medical needs and definable pathways to commercialization, partnering and other economic monetizations.  Cardium's investment portfolio includes the Tissue Repair Company and Cardium Biologics, medical technology companies primarily focused on the development of innovative therapeutic products for wound healing, bone repair, and cardiovascular indications.  In July 2009, Cardium completed the sale of its InnerCool Therapies medical device business to Royal Philips Electronics, the first asset monetization from the Company's biomedical investment portfolio.  News from Cardium is located at

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