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Cardica Announces Live Webcast Demonstrating Breakthrough Device to Facilitate Beating Heart and Robotic Coronary Revascularization Surgery

- 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 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.

Dr. Brunsting and Husam H. Balkhy, M.D., chairman of the department of cardiac surgery of the Wisconsin Heart Hospital will narrate during the procedures, explaining critical aspects of the surgery, and will answer viewers' email questions. Dr. Balkhy also will review data recently presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions evaluating the patency, or openness, of bypass grafts connecting the internal mammary artery (IMA) to the left anterior descending (LAD) artery using C-Port systems during beating heart CABG surgery. We believe this particular type of bypass is vital to the development of robotic, closed-chest bypass procedures, and therefore proving its efficacy in open-chest procedures is critical.

According to Dr. Mack, "Cardica's C-Port systems represent a breakthrough in distal anastomotic devices that facilitate and simplify beating heart and robotic CABG procedures. These devices allow surgeons to offer patients less invasive cardiac surgery and may improve outcomes. This live webcast will provide surgeons with a convenient forum for an interactive exchange of questions, ideas and opinions about these revolutionary devices."

"The C-Port Flex A system has the potential to revolutionize the field of cardiothoracic surgery, as it may enable closed-chest, robot-assisted CABG procedures to be more reliably performed without the assistance of cardiopulmonary bypass and cardioplegic arrest of the heart," added Dr. Brunsting.

To learn more about the live webcast or to register, visit Physicians, investors, media and other interested parties are welcome.

About the C-Port xA and Flex A Anastomosis Systems

Cardica's C-Port systems are designed to enable automated, reliable and reproducible connections of blood vessels during CABG surgery. Unlike most hand-sewn anastomoses, Cardica's C-Port systems create compliant anastomoses that can expand and contract with blood flow. In addition, the C-Port anastomosis systems, whether used during on- or off- pump surgery, offer surgeons unique access to a wide range of coronary arteries, particularly small coronary arteries on which, in the past, CABG procedures have been very difficult or impossible to perform. The C-Port Flex A system features several innovative modifications to Cardica's C-Port xA system. The C-Port Flex A system has a flexible, rather than rigid, shaft and is designed to create compliant anastomoses in vessels as small as one millimeter in internal diameter. Importantly, the flexible shaft is designed to allow surgeons to position the device to create a secure connection even in difficult to reach areas of the heart.

About the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano

The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano is the first and only freestanding hospital in Collin County dedicated solely to heart and vascular health care. The hospital is designed to maximize the delivery of safe, quality, compassionate health care. The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano was created through a partnership between Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano and 86 cardiovascular physicians and surgeons practicing in North Texas. The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano is licensed as a general acute care hospital providing inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular care. For more information, please visit

Centennial Heart Center

The Centennial Heart Center offers a full complement of cardiac care delivered by more than 50 cardiac specialists. Each year the heart center performs nearly 1,200 heart surgeries and almost 6,000 minimally invasive cardiac procedures. This total far exceeds the American Heart Association's (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology's recommendation that hospitals perform a minimum of 300 cases per year to ensure quality outcomes. Centennial Heart Center ranks among the top 10 percent of programs in the country by surgical volume. For more information, please visit

About Intuitive's Products:

The da Vinci(R) Surgical System consists of a surgeon's viewing and control console having an integrated, high-performance InSite(R) 3-D vision system, a patient-side cart consisting of three or four robotic arms that position and precisely maneuver endoscopic instruments and an endoscope, and a variety of articulating EndoWrist(R) Instruments. By integrating computer-enhanced technology with surgeons' technical skills, Intuitive believes that its system enables surgeons to perform better surgery in a manner never before experienced. The da Vinci(r) Surgical System seamlessly and directly translates the surgeon's natural hand, wrist and finger movements on instrument controls at the surgeon's console outside the patient's body into corresponding micro-movements of the instrument tips positioned inside the patient through small puncture incisions, or ports.

About Cardica

Cardica is a leading provider of automated anastomosis systems for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. By replacing hand-sewn sutures with easy-to-use automated systems, Cardica's products provide cardiovascular surgeons with rapid, reliable and consistently reproducible anastomoses, or connections of blood vessels, often considered the most critical aspect of the CABG procedure. Cardica's C-Port(R) Distal Anastomosis Systems are marketed in Europe and the United States. The PAS-Port(R) Proximal Anastomosis System is marketed in Europe and Japan and is being evaluated in a pivotal trial in the United States and Europe. Cardica also is developing additional devices with Cook Incorporated to facilitate vascular closure and other surgical procedures.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking" statements, including statements relating to the long-term viability of anastomoses created with C-Port systems and the impact the adoption of Cardica's C-Port systems on the future success of closed-chest CABG procedures. Any statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. The words "believe", "may," "expect" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause Cardica's results to differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements, including risks associated with market acceptance of Cardica's C-Port systems and long- term patency of CABG grafts completed with Cardica's C-Port systems, as well as other risks detailed from time to time in Cardica's SEC reports, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2007. Cardica does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements. You are encouraged to read the Company's reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, available at

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