Neovasc Hires Industry Veteran Vicki Bebeau as Vice President, Clinical Affairs
-Bebeau Brings Her Extensive Experience in Managing Cardiac Device Clinical
Programs to the Tiara™ and Neovasc Reducer™ New Product Programs-
-New Clinical Initiatives for Tiara and the Neovasc Reducer Targeted for 2014
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VANCOUVER, May 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Neovasc Inc. (TSXV: NVC) (the 'Company' or
'Neovasc') today announced that Vicki Bebeau has joined the company in the
role of Vice President, Clinical Affairs, a newly-created position. Ms. Bebeau
brings Neovasc more than 18 years of experience in clinical trial planning and
management at industry leaders St. Jude Medical, Boston Scientific and
"With the ongoing successes of our Tiara™ mitral valve and Neovasc
Reducer™ programs, Neovasc is preparing to undertake clinical trial
initiatives for both products," noted Alexei Marko, CEO of Neovasc. "We plan
to initiate multinational feasibility studies for Tiara in late 2014, and we
are targeting a 2015 start for the Reducer clinical program needed for an IDE
approval in the United States."
Mr. Marko added, "These high potential programs are central to our success and
we are delighted to have recruited Vicki Bebeau, a highly experienced industry
veteran, as our head of Clinical Affairs. Ms. Bebeau has held clinical
positions of increasing responsibility at medical device industry leaders St.
Jude Medical, Boston Scientific and Medtronic, where she successfully directed
multinational clinical studies in Canada, the United States, and Europe."
Neovasc is preparing to begin formal clinical feasibility studies for its
Tiara device for the transcatheter treatment of mitral valve disease later
this year. In addition, building on positive results recently reported from
the Reducer COSIRA trial, Neovasc has initiated design of a US-IDE study to
support an application for FDA approval of the Reducer. The study is expected
to begin next year.
"Neovasc has earned a strong reputation in the industry for their development
of novel cardiovascular devices addressing major unmet medical needs, and I
look forward to playing a key role in advancing the clinical programs that are
central to the clinical and commercial success of the Tiara and Reducer new
product programs," commented Ms. Bebeau.
Neovasc intends to continue the expansion of its clinical team and related
operations to support the Tiara and Reducer product programs.
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 Tiara™ technology in development for the transcatheter
treatment of mitral valve disease, the Neovasc Reducer™ for the treatment of
refractory angina and a line of advanced biological tissue products that are
used as key components in third-party medical products including transcatheter
heart valves. For more information, visit www.neovasc.com
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