Capricor Therapeutics to Present ALLSTAR Phase I Trial Data at ACC Annual Meeting 2014

Trial Met Primary Safety Endpoint; Currently Enrolling for Phase II

LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCBB:CAPR), a biotechnology company focused on developing novel therapeutics to prevent and treat heart disease, today announced Co-founder and Scientific Advisory Board Chairman, Dr. Eduardo Marbán, M.D., Ph.D., will present at the American College of Cardiology 63rd Annual Scientific Session and Expo, taking place March 29-31, 2014 in Washington, DC. Dr. Marbán's presentation will highlight positive data demonstrating that the Phase I portion of the Company's ALLogeneic heart STem cells to Achieve myocardial Regeneration (ALLSTAR) Phase I/II trial met its primary endpoint of safety.

During the Cell Therapy Scientific Session (Session #736), Dr. Marbán will present on the "Clinical Trials of Allogeneic Cardiac Stem Cells Post-MI (ALLSTAR) and in Advanced Heart Failure (DYNAMIC)," including results from the completed Phase I cohort of the ALLSTAR trial, which evaluated the safety of the Company's lead heart failure product candidate CAP-1002, an allogeneic cardiosphere-derived stem cell (CDC), in patients who have suffered a myocardial infarction (MI).

The open-label, dose escalation Phase I cohort evaluated 14 total patients (nine patients with recent MI; five patients with chronic MI) who were treated with CAP-1002 delivered via the intracoronary artery. The primary endpoint of the cohort was safety at one month post-infusion of CAP-1002. Results showed no acute myocarditis attributable to CAP-1002, no death due to ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF), no sudden death and no major adverse cardiac events. Furthermore, Capricor investigated patients' immunology response to CAP-1002 and found that antibody response monitoring using donor specific antibodies (DSA) revealed low levels of antibodies present in treated patients, indicating relatively low immune responses triggered upon treatment with the allogeneic CDC therapy. In addition, no clinical sequelae (acute myocarditis, left ventricular dysfunction) were observed and cellular response monitoring revealed no de novo responses.

Based on these data, the National Institute of Health (NIH) Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) has approved the advancement of CAP-1002 to the double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled Phase II cohort of the ALLSTAR clinical trial, which is currently underway and actively enrolling patients.

Details of Dr. Eduardo Marbán's presentation include:
Session: Cell Therapy, #736
Presentation: Clinical Trials of Allogeneic Cardiac Stem Cells Post-MI (ALLSTAR) and in Advanced Heart Failure (DYNAMIC)
Presenter: Dr. Eduardo Marbán, M.D., Ph.D., FACC
Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Time: 4:45 -- 6:00 p.m. EDT
Room: #207A

Dr. Linda Marbán, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Capricor Therapeutics, said, "As a pioneer in cardiac regenerative medicine, Dr. Eduardo Marbán has been instrumental in the research and development of our allogeneic, off-the-shelf cardiosphere-derived stem cells. Coupled with findings from our autologous CDC study CADUCEUS, which demonstrated reduced scar size and increased healthy heart muscle, these ALLSTAR Phase I safety data further support the clinical development of CAP-1002 as a viable potential treatment for patients who have suffered a myocardial infarction. Collectively, our research to date further positions Capricor for success in the development of innovative cell therapies for heart failure, one of the largest segments of the cardiovascular field. We look forward to continuing the development of CAP-1002 by evaluating its efficacy through the currently enrolling Phase II portion of the ALLSTAR clinical program."

About Capricor Therapeutics

Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (CAPR), a publicly traded biotechnology company, is focused on the development of novel therapeutics to prevent and treat heart disease. The Company has two leading product candidates: CAP-1002 and Cenderitide. The Company was formed through the November 2013 merger between Capricor, Inc., a privately held company whose mission is to improve the treatment of heart disease by commercializing cardiac stem cell therapies for patients, and Nile Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative products for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Capricor Therapeutics' stock began trading under the symbol "CAPR" December 20, 2013. For additional information visit

About CAP-1002

CAP-1002, Capricor's lead product candidate, is a proprietary allogeneic adult stem cell therapy for the treatment of heart disease. The product is derived from donor heart tissue. The cells are expanded in the laboratory using a specialized process and then introduced directly into a patient's heart via infusion into a coronary artery using standard cardiac catheterization techniques.

CAP-1002 is currently not an approved product and is strictly for investigational purposes.

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