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Cardica Receives Key Patent for Microcutter™ Surgical Cutting and Stapling Device
Date:4/6/2011

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardica, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRDC) today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued the company Patent No. 7,918,376 for its proprietary Microcutter™ technology. This patent relates to the articulation of a surgical stapler or endocutter.

"The first patent covering our proprietary Microcutter technology to issue from a large portfolio of over 35 patent applications that have been filed in the U.S. and Europe protects our Microcutter technology related to articulation," said Bernard A. Hausen, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Cardica. "Our Microcutter product line continues to move rapidly through development. With design validation of our initial commercial Microcutter device nearing completion, we expect first-in-man use in Europe in the first part of this quarter for the first device in this product line that we intend to commercialize, the Microcutter XPRESS™ 30."

About Cardica's Microcutter Product Line

Cardica's Microcutter surgical cutting and stapling product line is designed to provide true multi-fire endoscopic stapling in a variety of procedures, including colorectal, thoracic and general surgery. The Microcutter product line is designed to cut and staple continuously, allowing a surgeon to complete successive deployments without removing the device for a cartridge reload. The first device in the Microcutter product line that we intend to commercialize, the Microcutter XPRESS™ 30, is 8 mm in diameter, compared to commercialized stapling products that are at least 12 mm in diameter. The smaller diameter of the anticipated Microcutter line allows access through smaller, less-invasive ports and, importantly, through trocars used for the other surgical tools required for laparoscopic procedures. All of Cardica's anticipated Microcutter d
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