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Neovasc Receives FDA Conditional Approval To Initiate TIARA-I Trial In US: A Multinational, Multicenter Early Feasibility Trial Of The Tiara Transcatheter Mitral Valve

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Neovasc Inc. ("Neovasc" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: NVCN) (TSX: NVC) today announced that it has received conditional Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate the U.S. arm of its TIARA-I Early Feasibility Trial for the Company's Tiaraâ„¢ transcatheter mitral valve. The TIARA-I Early Feasibility Trial is a multinational, multicenter trial being conducted to assess the safety and performance of Neovasc's Tiara mitral valve system and implantation procedure in high-risk surgical patients suffering from severe mitral regurgitation (MR).

Severe MR is a critical condition that affects millions of patients and, if left untreated, can lead to heart failure or death. This FDA conditional approval allows clinical investigators to begin enrolling patients at participating U.S. medical centers once local hospital and related approvals are in place.

"We are delighted that after review of the Early Feasibility IDE submission, the FDA has granted this conditional approval," stated Neovasc CEO, Alexei Marko. "This is an important step towards Tiara becoming one of the first transcatheter mitral valve replacement devices available for treating U.S. patients. We look forward to working very closely with the participating investigators to complete TIARA-I and to help address this urgent clinical need."

The TIARA-I Early Feasibility Trial will enroll up to 30 patients globally and is being overseen by a multidisciplinary committee of internationally recognized physicians co-chaired by Dr. Martin Leon (Director, Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy Columbia University Medical Center / New York-Presbyterian Hospital) and Dr. Anson Cheung (Professor of Surgery and Director of Cardiac Transplant at St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver Canada). With this FDA approval, TIARA-I is expected to enroll patients at three highly respected U.S. medical centers: Columbia University Medical Center / New York-Presbyterian Hospital (New York), Lenox Hill Hospital (New York) and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). The Company is now focusing on training participating clinical teams and obtaining institutional approvals with the goal of enrolling the first U.S. patients by early 2015.

TIARA-I also has received ethics committee approval at Antwerp Cardiovascular Center / ZNA Middelheim in Belgium and competent authority notification is pending. First European enrollment is expected before the end of the year. Applications are underway for additional centers in Europe and Canada.

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