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Cardica Announces Live Webcast Demonstrating Breakthrough Device to Facilitate Beating Heart and Robotic Coronary Revascularization Surgery
Date:12/10/2007

- Live webcast of surgical procedure to be held Thursday, January 17, at

3:00 p.m. Eastern Time -

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cardica, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRDC) today announced that leading cardiac surgeons from The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and Centennial Medical Center in Nashville will webcast a live off-pump coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedure as well as a port-access robotic CABG procedure using innovative anastomotic devices from Cardica, Inc. The approximately 75-minute live webcast will be available on http://www.OR-Live.com on Thursday, January 17, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. A replay will be available for 180 days following the live presentation.

During the webcast, Michael J. Mack, M.D., and Tung H. Cai, M.D. of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, will perform a beating heart procedure using Cardica's C-Port(R) xA and C-Port(R) Flex A Distal Anastomosis Systems. The innovative C-Port(R) anastomosis systems are designed to allow surgeons to automate the attachment of blood vessel grafts, replacing traditional hand- sewn with sutures.

In addition to the live surgery, Louis A. (Trey) Brunsting III, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, will present recently taped video footage that shows a robotic closed-chest bypass procedure using the C-Port Flex A system in combination with the Intuitive da Vinci(R) Surgical System. This procedure was done on a 56-year-old male patient with a blockage of his left anterior descending and diagonal vessels. To date, Dr. Brunsting has performed several closed chest procedures using the Cardica device.

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