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Press Release

Capricor to Host Key Opinion Leader Lunch on March 9

Posted on: 28 Feb 18

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capricor Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CAPR) today announced it will host a Key Opinion Leader Lunch in New York City on March 9 featuring four distinguished speakers to discuss the emerging paradigms in gene and cellular therapies to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

The speakers include:

Craig McDonald, M.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Director of the Neuromuscular Disease Clinics at the University of California, Davis. Dr. McDonald is an internationally recognized expert in the clinical management and rehabilitation of neuromuscular diseases including DMD. He is the national PI of the Capricor HOPE-2 Trial.

Jeffrey Chamberlain, Ph.D., is professor in the Departments of Neurology, Medicine and Biochemistry and director of the Seattle Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center.  Dr. Chamberlain is the holder of many of the key patents for microdystrophin and has been a world leader in the development of gene therapies for DMD.

Michelle Eagle, Ph.D., the managing director of ATOM International LTD, is one of the creators of, and has published extensively on, the Performance of the Upper Limb (PUL) test, a validated test for skeletal muscle function in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. PUL is the primary efficacy endpoint for the HOPE-2 Trial.

Pat Furlong, is the founding president and CEO of the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest non-profit organization in the U.S. focused solely on Duchenne. She has spearheaded the advocacy movement in Duchenne and is a world expert on regulatory strategies for approval of products to treat the disease.

Linda Marbán, Ph.D., Capricor president and chief executive officer said: “We are delighted that such laudable key opinion leaders are going to be gathered in one place to talk about DMD. It is a rare opportunity to hear an update on the progress that is being made in treating DMD, as well as to discuss how Capricor’s CAP-1002 fits into the evolving treatment paradigm including novel therapeutics on the horizon.”

The lunch event is intended for institutional investors, sell-side analysts, investment bankers and business development professionals only.  Please RSVP in advance if you plan to attend, as space is limited.  To reserve a spot, please reply to

The presentations will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST on Friday, March 9. To hear the presentations, please call 866-717-4562 (U.S.) and 210-874-7812 (international) and enter the conference ID of 5567179. To join via webcast or view the slides, please visit:

About Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a devastating genetic disorder that causes muscle degeneration and leads to death, generally before the age of 30, most commonly from heart failure. It occurs in one in every 3,600 live male births across all races, cultures and countries. Duchenne muscular dystrophy afflicts approximately 200,000 boys and young men around the world. Treatment options are limited, and there is no cure.

About CAP-1002

CAP-1002 consists of allogeneic cardiosphere-derived cells, or CDCs, a unique population of cells that contains cardiac progenitor cells. CAP-1002 has been shown to exert potent immunomodulatory activity and stimulate cellular regeneration. CDCs have been the subject of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and have been administered to approximately 140 human subjects across several clinical trials.

About Capricor Therapeutics

Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CAPR) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class biological therapeutics for the treatment of rare disorders. Capricor’s lead candidate, CAP-1002, is an allogeneic cell therapy that is currently in clinical development for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Capricor has also established itself as one of the leading companies investigating the field of extracellular vesicles and is exploring the potential of CAP-2003, a cell-free, exosome-based candidate, to treat a variety of disorders. For more information, visit

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release regarding the efficacy, safety, and intended utilization of Capricor's product candidates; the initiation, conduct, size, timing and results of discovery efforts and clinical trials; the pace of enrollment of clinical trials; plans regarding regulatory filings, future research and clinical trials; regulatory developments involving products, including the ability to obtain regulatory approvals or otherwise bring products to market; plans regarding current and future collaborative activities and the ownership of commercial rights; scope, duration, validity and enforceability of intellectual property rights; future royalty streams, expectations with respect to the expected use of proceeds from the recently completed offerings and the anticipated effects of the offerings, and any other statements about Capricor's management team's future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words "believes," "plans," "could," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates," "should," "target," "will," "would" and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. More information about these and other risks that may impact Capricor's business is set forth in Capricor's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 16, 2017, in its Registration Statement on Form S-3, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 28, 2015, together with the prospectus included therein and prospectus supplements thereto, and in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 14, 2017. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Capricor as of the date hereof, and Capricor assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

CAP-1002 is an Investigational New Drug and is not approved for any indications. CAP-2003 has not yet been approved for clinical investigation.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact: AJ Bergmann, Chief Financial Officer +1-310-358-3200 abergmann@capricor.comGlobeNewswire

Last updated on: 28/02/2018

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