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CryoLife Signs Definitive Agreement To Acquire Cardiogenesis

ATLANTA, and IRVINE, Calif., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CryoLife, Inc. (NYSE: CRY), an implantable biological medical device and cardiovascular tissue processing company, and Cardiogenesis Corporation (OTCQB: CGCP), a leading developer of surgical products used in the treatment of patients with refractory angina resulting from diffuse coronary artery disease, today announced that the boards of directors of both companies have approved a definitive agreement under which CryoLife will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Cardiogenesis for $0.457 per share.  The all-cash transaction values Cardiogenesis at approximately $22 million, net of cash acquired and liabilities assumed.  The offer represents a 43 percent premium to Cardiogenesis' closing price on March 28, 2011.  The transaction is expected to be conducted as a tender offer followed by a merger and to close in mid to late May 2011.

Cardiogenesis had sales of $11.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2010.  Cardiogenesis' market leading YAG laser system and single use, fiber-optic delivery systems are FDA approved for performing a surgical procedure known as Transmyocardial Revascularization (TMR), which treats patients with angina that is not responsive to standard medications.  Patients undergoing TMR treatment with Cardiogenesis products have been shown to have angina improvement, longer event-free survival, reduction in cardiac related hospitalizations, and increased exercise tolerance.  The current market potential for TMR surgical procedures in the U.S. is estimated to be greater than $175 million.  CryoLife believes that the delivery of biologic materials, such as stem cells, in conjunction with TMR could increase the estimated U.S. market potential to greater than $700 million.

Cardiogenesis has also developed the PHOENIX™ Combination Delivery System, which is designed to combine the intramyocardial delivery of biologic materials with TMR.  The synergy of injecting biologics, such as stem cells or growth factors, with TMR may provide greater angina reduction, improve cardiac function and enhance quality of life in patients with diffuse disease who are not candidates for surgical bypass or intervention.  The PHOENIX System has received a CE Mark and CryoLife intends to begin commercialization efforts in select European markets in the second half of 2011, with a more extensive launch expected in 2012.

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