REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardica, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRDC) today announced the suspension of enrollment in its European clinical trial of the MicroCutter XPRESS™ 30 due to a small subset of deployments where the XPRESS 30 did not perform satisfactorily in thicker tissue. The company has isolated the underlying cause, which requires modifications to the product. There have been no serious adverse events and all patients have had an uneventful postoperative course as it relates to the use of the MicroCutter.
Cardica has reprioritized the development activities of its MicroCutter product line to emphasize the development of the MicroCutter XCHANGE™ 30. In addition to the acceleration of development for the XCHANGE 30, the company intends to pursue modifications of the XPRESS™ 30 concurrently. Cardica plans to continue the trial with the XCHANGE™ 30, a cartridge-based microcutter device with a 5 millimeter shaft diameter, by the end of the first calendar quarter of 2012, once this device completes development and design verification, and Cardica is able to apply Conformite Europeenne (CE) Mark to the device.
The surgical indications for the trial will not change, with thicker tissue resections and anastomosis intended to be added in the latter part of the trial once the XPRESS 30 modifications have been completed and verified. In light of Cardica's limited financial resources, Cardica has suspended development of other potential products in its planned microcutter product line until the development of XCHANGE™ 30 has been completed and additional financial resources have been obtained."We are disappointed that the XPRESS 30 did not perform as well as we expected in the upper range of tissue thickness but understand and are confident we can make the changes needed to enhance performance. In the interim, the XCHANGE 30 will allow us to resume trial enrollment in the near future while also providing Cardica with a readily marketable product that is substantially smaller with significantly enhanced articulation range," said Bernard A. Hausen, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Cardica. "At this time, we believe that rapidly advancing our smallest, cartridge-based device, the XCHANGE 30, through development and into a clinical trial, while addressing the underlying issue with the XPRESS 30, will allow us to reach the European and US markets with our premier product in the most efficient manner." Conference Call Details To access the live conference call tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time via phone, please dial 866-713-8310 from the United States and Canada or 617-597-5308 internationally. The conference ID is 38157944. Please dial in approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A telephone replay will be available beginning approximately two hours after the call through January 20, 2012, and may be accessed by dialing 888-286-8010 from the United States and Canada or 617-801-6888 internationally. The replay passcode is 55226554. To access the live and subsequently archived webcast of the conference call, go to the Investor Relations section of the company's website at www.cardica.com. Please connect to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the presentation to allow for any necessary software downloads. The webcast is also being distributed through the Thomson StreetEvents Network. Individual investors can listen to the call at www.earnings.com, Thomson's individual investor portal, powered by StreetEvents. Institutional investors can access the call via Thomson StreetEvents at www.streetevents.com, a password-protected event management site. About Cardica Cardica designs and manufactures proprietary stapling and anastomotic devices for cardiac and laparoscopic surgical procedures. Cardica's technology portfolio is intended to minimize operating time and enable minimally-invasive and robot-assisted surgeries. Cardica manufactures and markets its automated anastomosis systems, the C-Port® Distal Anastomosis Systems and PAS-Port® Proximal Anastomosis System, for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and has shipped over 37,000 units throughout the world. In addition, Cardica is developing the Cardica MicroCutter XCHANGE™ 30, a cartridge-based microcutter device with a 5 millimeter shaft diameter, and the Cardica MicroCutter XPRESS 30, a true multi-fire laparoscopic stapling device designed to be used in a variety of procedures, including bariatric, colorectal, thoracic and general surgery. The Cardica MicroCutter products require 510(k) review and are not yet commercially available in the U.S. The Cardica MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 and XPRESS 30 are not currently commercially available.