SUNRISE, Fla., July 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bioheart, Inc., (Nasdaq: BHRT) a biotechnology company that is focused on the development of autologous (patient-derived) cell therapies and devices for the treatment of chronic and acute heart damage, today announced that its Board of Directors appointed Howard J. Leonhardt, Bioheart's co-founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer, to serve as Chief Executive Officer effective as of July 1, 2008. This follows the resignation of William M. Pinon as the Company's President and CEO and as a member of the Board of Directors as of the same date. Pinon has agreed to remain with the Company through July 25, 2008 to assist in the executive transition process.
"Bill has been a tremendous asset to Bioheart during his tenure and we are sorry to see him leave in order to pursue other interests," said Leonhardt. "Under his leadership, Bioheart became a publicly traded company and advanced the base of clinical evidence regarding our MyoCell(R) clinical cell therapy, including initiation of our potentially pivotal Phase II/III MARVEL Trial in the US and Europe. I look forward to a greater level of involvement as we continue to pursue regulatory approval and commercialization of this therapy to treat congestive heart failure patients, as well as, drive the development of future generation products. We look to the future with great anticipation."
Bioheart, Inc. (NASDAQ: BHRT) is a biotechnology company focused on the
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