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Bioheart Announces Plans to Advance LVAD + Muscle Stem Cells Clinical Trial
Date:12/8/2010

om selecting immature myoblasts (adult muscle stem cells) from a patient's own skeletal (thigh) muscle.  The process of selecting and expanding these cells is done in Bioheart's cGMP facility in Sunrise, Florida.  The cells are injected by a needle tipped catheter that is inserted through a very small puncture in the patient's groin through their femoral artery.  The catheter is directed to the inside of the left chamber of the heart where injections are made in the scar tissue within the heart.  Approximately 350 patients have been enrolled in various myoblast treated heart failure clinical trials since 2000.  Over 84% of MyoCell treated patients have exhibited improvement of symptoms while only 16% have declined.   Most recent Phase II/III results demonstrated MyoCell treated patients have improved 91.7 meters in exercise capacity testing while placebo injected patients declined – 4 meters.  

About Bioheart, Inc:Bioheart, Inc., founded in 1999, seeks to be the "go to technology partner for heart failure specialists and their patients."
The company's flagship product MyoCell is an adult muscle stem cell composition, also known as immature myoblasts, derived and processed from a patient's own thigh muscle. These cells are delivered to a patient's heart via the MyoCath needle tipped catheter or a similar device which is inserted through the patient's groin and is directed to the inside of the heart where the injections are made. MyoCell has been in clinical trials for treating advanced heart failure patients since early 2001. A 2nd generation composition MyoCell SDF-1 received FDA authorization for clinical trials. This composition is made up of genetically modified cells that over express the stromal derived factor 1 protein that has been shown to improve blood vessel formation and muscle development. Bioheart, Inc. has also initiated clinical evaluation of methods of treating heart ischemia, acute myocardial i
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