News Release

May 23, 2019

New Tiara and Reducer Data Presented in Several Presentations at the EuroPCR 2019 Conference in Paris

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VANCOUVER, May 23, 2019 /CNW/ – Neovasc Inc. ("Neovasc" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: NVCN)(TSX: NVCN), a leader in the development of minimally invasive transcatheter mitral valve replacement technologies and in the development of minimally invasive devices for the treatment of refractory angina, today announced that new data for its Tiara™ ("Tiara") transcatheter mitral valve replacement device and Neovasc Reducer™ ("Reducer") device for the treatment of refractory angina were presented in several presentations at the EuroPCR 2019 Conference held this week in Paris, France.

Reducer
Several clinical research results were presented including; statistically significant increase in both the myocardial perfusion reserve index using stress MRI testing and a statistically significant improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction in a 19-patient study; a case report of the successful retrieval of a dislodged Reducer; a successful Reducer implantation leading to an angina symptoms free outcome for the patient; and a 19-patient study with a statistically significant increase in the six minute walk test four months after Reducer implantation, an improvement of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society classification in 84% of the patients, and a suggestion that coronary sinus size may play a role in the success rate.

Neovasc also sponsored a successful, interactive, Reducer Symposium, titled: "A proven evidence-based therapy when angina persists", with the following agenda and presenters:

  • Session objectives, S. Verheye
  • How much do we listen to our patients with Angina?  I. Ajmi
  • The role of Reducer therapy in the treatment of CTO patients, J. Hill
  • The challenge of microvascular angina, J. Escaned
  • Robust clinical evidence from FIM to 2019, F. Giannini
  • Session evaluation and key learnings, S. Banai

Tiara
Dr. Lenard Conradi delivered a presentation entitled: "Innovative design of a transcatheter transapical mitral valve and update on Tiara I and Tiara II clinical data" as part of the main session: "Early trials and First-in-Man in Mitral valve replacement". Dr. Conradi presented the latest clinical results of the Tiara I and II clinical studies. For more detailed information and references, we refer to the EuroPCR publications. Following the session Dr. Conradi stated "especially since the Trans-Apical Tiara is one of the earliest mitral valve platforms, it is remarkable that its procedural safety profile is excellent, with no procedural mortality in a high-risk patient population. Also, in this early stage and compared to other devices, the delivery catheter is remarkably ergonomic and user-friendly."

"The new data reported at this year’s EuroPCR for our Reducer provides us with exciting insights into the positive impact that the device has on treating refractory angina pain and other symptoms they might suffer from. Considering this patient population has limited therapeutic options, and suffer a serious impact on their quality of life, the more information we can provide treating cardiologists on the benefits of the Reducer, the more likely it is that this therapy will become a new standard of care for the treatment of refractory angina around the world.

On the Tiara side, we also had an interactive and productive Tiara II meeting with our clinical investigators and a core-lab representative, plus we demonstrated our new transfemoral, trans-septal Tiara system in closed door sessions to invited interventional cardiologists and surgeons, with many lively discussions and positive and encouraging feedback. All in all, a very productive and exciting EuroPCR conference for Neovasc this year" commented Fred Colen, Neovasc’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

About EuroPCR 2019
EuroPCR 2019 is the world-leading course in interventional cardiovascular medicine and the official annual meeting of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions ("EAPCI"), which is taking place from 21 to 24 May 2019 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France. The detailed Course Programme is available on: https://www.pcronline.com/Courses/EuroPCR. The mission of PCR is to serve the needs of each individual patient by helping the cardiovascular community to share knowledge, experience and practice. PCR offers a large range of many other educational meetings and resources for the continuing education of the interventional cardiovascular community. These include major annual courses across the globe, e-Learning with high-profile PCR webinars, courses specifically dedicated to valvular heart disease, tailor-made PCR Seminars on specific topics, online resources and medical publications such as EuroIntervention, the official journal of the EAPCI.

About Tiara
Tiara is a self-expanding mitral bioprosthesis specifically designed to treat mitral valve regurgitation ("MR") by replacing the diseased valve. Conventional surgical treatments are only appropriate for about half of MR patients, who number an estimated four million in the U.S. with a similar number of patients affected throughout Europe. Tiara is implanted in the heart using a minimally invasive, transapical transcatheter approach without the need for open-heart surgery or use of a cardiac bypass machine.

The Tiara valve is currently being evaluated in two ongoing clinical trials: TIARA-I—an early feasibility trial in the United States, Canada, and Belgium; and TIARA-II—a European Conformité Européenne Mark Trial in Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In addition, patients have also been treated under compassionate programs in Canada, Italy, Germany, Israel, and Switzerland.

About Reducer
The Reducer is CE-marked in the European Union for the treatment of refractory angina, a painful and debilitating condition that occurs when the coronary arteries deliver an inadequate supply of blood to the heart muscle, despite treatment with standard revascularization or cardiac drug therapies. It affects millions of patients worldwide, who typically lead severely restricted lives as a result of their disabling symptoms, and its incidence is growing. The Reducer provides relief of angina symptoms by altering blood flow in the heart’s circulatory system, thereby increasing the perfusion of oxygenated blood to ischemic areas of the heart muscle. Placement of the Reducer is performed using a minimally invasive transvenous procedure that is similar to implanting a coronary stent and is completed in approximately 20 minutes.

While the Reducer is not approved for commercial use in the USA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") granted Breakthrough Device designation to the Neovasc Reducer in October 2018. This designation is granted by the FDA in order to expedite the development and review of a device that demonstrates compelling potential to provide a more effective treatment or diagnosis for life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating diseases.  In addition, there must be no FDA approved treatments presently available, or the technology must offer significant advantages over existing approved alternatives.

Refractory angina, resulting in continued symptoms despite maximal medical therapy and without revascularization options, is estimated to affect 600,000 to 1.8 million Americans, with 50,000 to 100,000 new cases per year.1

About Neovasc Inc.
Neovasc is a specialty medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets products for the rapidly growing cardiovascular marketplace. Its products include the Reducer, for the treatment of refractory angina, which is not currently commercially available in the United States and has been commercially available in Europe since 2015, and the Tiara, for the transcatheter treatment of mitral valve disease, which is currently under clinical investigation in the United States, Canada and Europe. For more information, visit: www.neovasc.com.

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1T. J. Povsic, S. Broderick, K. J. Anstrom et al., "Predictors of long?term clinical endpoints in patients with refractory angina," Journal of the American Heart Association, vol. 4, no. 2, article e001287, 2015.

SOURCE Neovasc Inc.