BioCardia Announces Issuance of European Patent for Breakthrough Diagnostic Assay for Patient Selection Prior to Cardiac Cell Therapy Delivery

August 07, 2019

SAN CARLOS, Calif. – BioCardia®, Inc. [OTC: BCDA], a leader in the development of comprehensive solutions for cardiovascular regenerative therapies, today announced that the European Patent Office has issued the Company Patent No: 3063172 for “Methods of Measuring Potential for Therapeutic Potency and Defining Dosages for Autologous Cell Therapies.”

Today, autologous cardiac cell therapy – where a patient’s own cells are used – is challenged by patient variation, which makes outcomes unpredictable, and by the high costs associated with manufacturing single-batch therapy remotely for each patient. BioCardia’s new patent addresses a potential solution to these problems – a diagnostic approach for patient selection that identifies a specific biomarker signature in a patient’s bone marrow. This test enables a physician to determine if a patient is a good candidate for either of the Company’s two lead clinical indications of heart failure or chronic myocardial ischemia prior to treatment, allowing for point-of-care processing of the therapy and eliminating the significant expense of selecting and processing cells remotely.

“Our diagnostic assay is a potential breakthrough in improving outcomes and dramatically reducing costs for autologous cardiac cell therapy,” said BioCardia CEO Peter Altman PhD. “The assay serves as a quality control means of selecting the most appropriate patients for therapy and may in the future be used to set dosages for therapy. It also avoids the potential technical hurdles of allogenic cell therapy, using donor cells, which can create risks for patients.”

The Company has an issued United States patent covering this technology, as well as additional patents and patents pending for other proprietary technology related to its stem cell therapies in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China and India.

About BioCardia®
BioCardia, Inc., headquartered in San Carlos, California, is developing regenerative biologic therapies to treat cardiovascular disease. CardiAMP™ and CardiALLO™ cell therapies are the Company’s biotherapeutic product candidates in clinical development. The Company's current products include the Helix™ Biotherapeutic Delivery System and the Morph® steerable guide and sheath catheter portfolio, including the new AVANCE™ Steerable Introducer family. BioCardia also partners with other biotherapeutic companies to provide its Helix systems and clinical support to their programs studying therapies for the treatment of heart failure, chronic myocardial ischemia and acute myocardial infarction.

Forward Looking Statements 
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to many risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, our ability to develop and secure regulatory approval for the cell potency assay described in the issued patent, its ability to enhance outcomes, reduce costs, act as a quality control for cell therapy and act as a means to set dosage for these therapies, and statements regarding our intentions, beliefs, projections, outlook, analyses or current expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the inherent uncertainties associated with developing new products or technologies, FDA regulatory approvals, unexpected expenditures, the ability to raise the additional funding needed to continue to pursue BioCardia’s business and product development plans and overall market conditions.  These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and BioCardia assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements.

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