BioCardia Receives Two New U.S. Patents
SAN CARLOS, Calif., /PRNewswire/ -- BioCardia®, Inc. [OTC: BCDA], a leader in the development of comprehensive solutions for cardiovascular regenerative therapies, today announced the issuance of two United States patents.
U.S. Patent No. 10,035,982 relates to methods of preparing culture-expanded cells for the treatment of heart failure. The patent has broad claims on an approach for expanding mesenchymal stem cells in media derived from the blood of the same donor who has provided the source cells for culture expansion. In the patented method, a single donor provides the source cells for expansion of the targeted stem cells and blood over time to produce a donor-specific culture medium. The claimed method may provide a solution to the risks and potential immune reactions associated with cells manufactured utilizing culture media derived from animal and human sources.
As the second issued patent, U.S. Patent No. 10,071,226 describes a system for delivery of biotherapeutic agents to the heart. The patent claims a catheter system which may be used to achieve heart access from the radial artery in a patient's wrist and then advanced into a chamber of the heart to directly deliver biologic therapies. Such an approach may offer patients in the future the opportunity to receive cardiac cell therapy in an outpatient setting and return home immediately following the procedure with only a small bandage on their wrist. This system could reduce the cost of such therapies to the healthcare system and appeal to patients, physicians, hospital administrators and payors alike. In the future it could be integrated into the Company's investigational CardiAMP and CardiALLO cell therapies, as well as other biologic agents in development with partners.
BioCardia remains active in securing patent protection and rights around its therapeutic development activities. In addition to the protection from its intellectual property portfolio, the Company has extensive nonexclusive patent rights related to BioCardia technology improvement inventions from collaborations.
"These two new patents contribute to our important intellectual property estate, and I congratulate the BioCardia staff and their collaborators on their inventions," said BioCardia CEO Peter Altman, PhD. "Based on the positive early data from our ongoing pivotal CardiAMP Heart Failure Trial and previous data sets, we at BioCardia are optimistic that we may be the first to have an approved cardiac cell therapy in the United States. This potential therapy and other valuable therapeutic products being built on our many inventions may help millions of people. I thank all of those who enable us to work towards this mission each day."
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