- Clinical updates for both Reducer™ and Tiara™ also presented at premier event -
VANCOUVER, Dec. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Neovasc Inc. ("Neovasc" or the "Company") (NASDAQ,TSX: NVCN) today reported its Neovasc Reducer™ ("Reducer") medical device was featured in a "live case" broadcast at the 2017 Innovations in Cardiovascular Interventions (ICI) conference held in Tel Aviv, Israel. In the live case broadcast to the conference from the Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba Israel, Drs. Koifman and Bazan successfully implanted a Reducer in the coronary sinus of a patient suffering from very poor quality of life due to refractory angina pectoris, chest discomfort felt with even minimal effort, despite previous bypass surgery and multiple stent implantations.
The minimally invasive procedure took approximately 15 minutes to complete, and was uneventful. The live Reducer case was broadcast following a scientific presentation describing current available clinical data supporting the use of the Reducer as a safe and effective therapy for patients with refractory angina pectoris. The scientific presentation was given by Dr. Konigstein from the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF).
"Since launching Reducer in 2015, clinical interest has consistently grown across Europe and the product is now used in more than 80 medical centers," commented Neovasc CEO, Alexei Marko. "With no other alternatives to treat this patient population, Reducer's safe and straight-forward procedure along with clear patient benefit is fueling its increasing popularity among interventional cardiologists for their patients with refractory angina."
The Company's REDUCER-I Observational Study is collecting long term data from European patients implanted with the Reducer. Currently more than 130 patients have been enrolled in 18 centers across Europe. Enrollment in this study will continue up to 400 patients.
Also during the ICI conference, a clinical update on the Tiara™ ("Tiara") trans catheter mitral valve replacement was presented by Dr. Shmuel Banai. To date, 42 patients have been implanted with Tiara. The 30-day survival rate for the first 37 patients (those treated more than 30 days ago) is 33 of 37 or 89%. There have been 20 Tiara implantations so far in 2017, with 100% technical success achieved and a 93% 30-day survival rate for the 15 patients who were implanted more than 30 days ago.
"Tiara's Clinical enrolment rate is gaining momentum with 8 implantations in the last 2 months, 6 of which were patients enrolled in the CE-Mark Tiara II study. We continue to be very encouraged by the performance of Tiara. Implantations are typically completed quickly and without complications, even by new operators, and in most cases result in the complete elimination of mitral regurgitation. We are looking forward to continuing to expand and accelerate this important program," added Alexei Marko.
In a separate matter, the Company reports that it has paid in full the damages award mandated by the court in the litigation with CardiAQ Valve Technologies, Inc. and that the associated General Security Agreement has been terminated.
The Reducer is CE-marked in the European Union for the treatment of refractory angina, a painful and debilitating condition that occurs when the coronary arteries deliver an inadequate supply of blood to the heart muscle, despite treatment with standard revascularization or cardiac drug therapies. It affects millions of patients worldwide, who typically lead severely restricted lives as a result of their disabling symptoms, and its incidence is growing. The Reducer provides relief of angina symptoms by altering blood flow in the heart's circulatory system, thereby increasing the perfusion of oxygenated blood to ischemic areas of the heart muscle. Placement of the Reducer is performed using a minimally invasive transvenous procedure that is similar to implanting a coronary stent and is completed in approximately 20 minutes.
Tiara is a self-expanding mitral bioprosthesis specifically designed to treat mitral valve regurgitation (MR) by replacing the diseased valve. Conventional surgical treatments are only appropriate for about half of MR patients, who number an estimated four million in the U.S. with a similar number of patients affected throughout Europe. Tiara is implanted in the heart using a minimally invasive, transapical transcatheter approach without the need for open-heart surgery or use of a cardiac bypass machine.
About ICI 2017
The Innovations in Cardiovascular Interventions (ICI) conference was held December 3-5, 2017 at the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel. This acclaimed forum for interventional cardiologists, entrepreneurs and the cardiovascular industry focuses on innovative technology and therapies and covers all stages of the innovation process, from the bench to the patient bedside. For more information, visit 2017.icimeeting.com.
About Neovasc Inc.
Neovasc is a specialty medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets products for the rapidly growing cardiovascular marketplace. Its products include the Reducer, for the treatment of refractory angina which is not currently available in the United States and has been available in Europe since 2015 and the Tiara, for the transcatheter treatment of mitral valve disease, which is currently under investigation in the United States, Canada and Europe. The Company also sells a line of advanced biological tissue products that are used as key components in third-party medical products including transcatheter heart valves. For more information, visit: www.neovasc.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws regarding the Company's plans and expectations concerning clinical interest in its products, the performance of the Reducer and Tiara, and the anticipated timing for and enrolment in its European trial for Tiara and REDUCER-I Observational Study. Words and phrases such as "increasing", "intends", "expects", "considering", "continue", "looking forward" and "will", and similar words or expressions, are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by the Company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that the Company believes are appropriate in the circumstances. 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