San Carlos, CA; November 6, 2012 BioCardia, Inc., focused on regenerative biologic therapies for cardiovascular disease, today announced positive results from a Phase 1/2 heart failure trial using the Company's Helical Infusion System, comprising the Helical Infusion System Catheter and Morph Vascular Access Catheter, to deliver allogeneic, or "off-the-shelf," and autologous, or from the treated patient, mesenchymal (adult) stem cells (MSCs) via transendocardial injection. According to the results, both the allogeneic and autologous MSCs were safe and well-tolerated at all doses and demonstrated similarly positive effects on cardiac structure and function, patient functional capacity and quality of life. Results from the POSEIDON (Percutaneous Stem Cell Injection Delivery Effects on Neomyogenesis) study were reported in a late breaker presentation titled, "Randomized Comparison of Allogeneic vs Autologous Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Patients with Ischemic Cardiomyopathy," at the American Heart Association's 2012 Scientific Sessions and have been published in an article in the November 6 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The POSEIDON study was cosponsored by the NIH Specialized Center for Cell Therapy, the University of Miami, and BioCardia.
Joshua Hare, M.D., Director of the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and the POSEIDON study lead principal investigator, stated, "The combination of Allogenic MSCs with the BioCardia Helix catheter has enormous potential as a combination product for treating heart failure. The strong safety results and ease of the catheter delivery procedure in skilled hands, coupled with the potential for the use of allogeneic stem cells, suggest that this procedure may one day be as easy to perform as coronary angioplasty."
Peter Altman, Ph.D., President and CEO of BioCardia, commented, "The Helical Infusion System is inte
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