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Neovasc to Raise $2 Million in Non-Brokered Private Placement
Date:3/30/2009

    --Proceeds Will Advance Key New Products Including Completing CE Mark
    Application for the Reducer(TM) Stent--

VANCOUVER, March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Neovasc Inc. (TSXV: NVC) today announced that it intends to undertake a non-brokered private placement of approximately 9.52 million units at the price of $0.21 per unit for aggregate gross proceeds of $2.0 million. The proceeds of the offering will be used for continued development of a suite of new products and to help fund continuing operations. The completion of the private placement is subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval and the execution of definitive documentation with investors. The securities issued pursuant to the offering will be subject to a four-month hold period from the date of issuance. The private placement is led by members of the Frost Group, LLC.

Each unit consists of one common share of Neovasc stock and one-half of one common share purchase warrant of Neovasc stock. Each whole warrant will entitle the holder thereof to purchase one common share of Neovasc stock at the exercise price of $0.30 per share for a period of one year after the closing date of the offering. All of the proceeds will be placed with company insiders.

"This financing provides us with additional operating flexibility to advance the products that we expect to be key growth drivers for Neovasc, especially our innovative Reducer(TM) stent for the treatment of refractory angina," said Alexei Marko, chief executive officer of Neovasc. "We are pleased at the confidence in Neovasc evidenced by the participation of insiders in this financing, which strengthens our ability to execute on the focused strategy we implemented late last year."

About Neovasc Inc.

Neovasc Inc. is a new specialty vascular device company that develops, manufactures and markets medical devices for the rapidly growing vascular and surgical marketplace. The company's current products include, Metricath(R) for intravascular measurement and Peripatch(TM) surgical tissue and staple line reinforcement products. Neovasc has a development pipeline of innovative new products, and provides contract medical device development and manufacturing services. For more information, visit: www.neovasc.com.

About Frost Group, LLC

The Frost Group, LLC, is a private investment firm based in Miami. The Frost Group is led by Dr. Phillip Frost, and includes Jane Hsiao, Ph.D., Rao Uppaluri, Ph.D., and Steven D. Rubin, a team that has been together in various capacities for over 22 years. Since its formation in October 2006, the Frost Group has invested over $140 million in various companies and technologies in the United States and abroad. These investments include stakes in the areas of pharmaceuticals, diagnostic devices, medical devices, developmental education and entertainment for children, telecommunications, sports licensing, aviation services, software for seismic data analysis, and new materials for computer chips.

Statements contained herein that are not based on historical or current fact, including without limitation statements containing the words "anticipates," "believes," "may," "continues," "estimates," "expects," and "will" and words of similar import, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, events or developments to be materially different from any future results, events or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the following: general economic and business conditions, both nationally and in the regions in which the Company operates; history of losses and lack of and uncertainty of revenues, ability to obtain required financing, receipt of regulatory approval of product candidates, ability to properly integrate newly acquired businesses, technology changes; competition; changes in business strategy or development plans; the ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; existing governmental regulations and changes in, or the failure to comply with, governmental regulations; liability and other claims asserted against the Company; and other factors referenced in the Company's filings with Canadian securities regulators. Although the Company believes that expectations conveyed by the forward-looking statements are reasonable based on the information available to it on the date such statements were made, no assurances can be given as to the future results, approvals or achievements. Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The Company does not assume the obligation to update any forward-looking statements except as otherwise required by applicable law.


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