BioCardia, Inc., a medical device company, designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes minimally invasive tools for cardiovascular therapies. It offers devices to enable percutaneous delivery of biologics to treat cardiovascular diseases. It offers helix biotherapeutic delivery products, including percutaneous catheter delivery systems for cardiovascular regenerative medicine that enables local delivery of cell, gene, and protein based therapies to treat heart failure, myocardial infarction, ischemia, and cardiac conduction disorders. The company also provides advanced catheter products for interventional medicine, which include steerable thin walled catheter shaft technology solutions ...
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Biocardia, Inc. Announces Positive Results from Phase 1/2 Heart Failure Trial Using its Helical Infusion System
Nov 6 12
BioCardia, Inc. announced positive results from a Phase 1/2 heart failure trial using the company's Helical Infusion System, comprising the Helical Infusion System Catheter(TM) and Morph(R) Vascular Access Catheter, to deliver allogeneic, or "off-the-shelf," and autologous, or from the treated patient, mesenchymal (adult) stem cells (MSCs) via transendocardial injection. According to the results, both the allogeneic and autologous MSCs were safe and well-tolerated at all doses and demonstrated similarly positive effects on cardiac structure and function, patient functional capacity and quality of life. The combination of Allogenic MSCs with the BioCardia Helix catheter has enormous potential as a combination product for treating heart failure. The strong safety results and ease of the catheter delivery procedure in skilled hands, coupled with the potential for the use of allogeneic stem cells, suggest that this procedure may one day be as easy to perform as coronary angioplasty. The Phase 1/2 POSEIDON study enrolled 31 patients with chronic ischemic left ventricular (LV) dysfunction due to ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM). Patients were randomized to receive one of three different dose levels (20, 100, or 200 million cells) of either allogeneic MSCs or autologous MSCs. The stem cells were delivered to 10 LV sites in the myocardium by BioCardia's transendocardial stem cell injection (TESI) during retrograde left heart catheterization using BioCardia's Helical Infusion Catheter. The two catheter system fixates to the heart wall via a corkscrew needle, allowing for stable and controlled delivery of biologic therapies to the heart. Following BioCardia's TESI, patients were hospitalized for a minimum of four days and were seen two weeks post-catheterization. Thereafter, safety and efficacy assessments using cardiac imaging studies, exercise peak VO2, a 6-minute walk test, New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class and the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure (MLHF) questionnaire were performed on a monthly basis for six months and then again at 12 months. After 13 months, all patients received follow-up CT scans of the heart, chest, abdomen and pelvis. The primary objective of the study was to demonstrate the safety of allogeneic MSCs administered by BioCardia's TESI, determined by the incidence of any treatment-emergent serious adverse events (TE-SAEs) one month after stem cell injection. Data showed that within 30 days, one patient in each cohort was hospitalized for heart failure, a TE-SAE rate of 6.7%, substantially less than the pre-specified stopping rate of 25%. The secondary objectives were to compare the long-term safety of allogeneic MSCs to autologous MSCs and to demonstrate the efficacy of allogeneic MSCs and autologous MSCs administered by TESI in these patients. The one-year incidence of serious adverse events was not different between cell types, except for fewer ventricular arrhythmias in allogeneic recipients. Relative to baseline, allogeneic and autologous MSC therapy similarly improved the 6-minute walk and the MLHF questionnaire score, but not the exercise VO2 max. Finally, MSCs reduced infarct size (33.2%; P<0.0001), left ventricular (LV) volumes and sphericity index similarly in allogeneic and autologous groups. Importantly, allogeneic MSCs did not stimulate significant donor-specific alloimmune reactions. A parallel Phase 1/2 study also enabled by the BioCardia Helical Infusion System. The trial is comparing autologous (bone marrow or mesenchymal) cell delivery to placebo in up to 68 cardiomyopathy patients randomized under a protocol similar to that of the POSEIDON trial. Early results in a first cohort of patients (N=8) were reported in 2011 to show that the autologous cells effected remodeling of LV shape and restoration of normal LV proportions.
BioCardia, Inc. and Juventas Therapeutics, Inc. Announce to Continue to Work Together to Execute Juventas' Phase II Trial of JVS-100 for the Treatment of Heart Failure
Mar 14 12
BioCardia, Inc. and Juventas Therapeutics, Inc. announced that they will continue to work together to execute Juventas' Phase II trial of JVS-100 for the treatment of heart failure. The Phase II safety and efficacy study has been allowed by the Food and Drug Administration and enrollment is targeted to start in second quarter 2012. The previous Phase I trial enrolled 17 NYHA Class III heart failure patients and showed promising safety and signals of clinical benefit to the patients treated.