Neovasc Inc. reports exercise of 1.8 million warrants for net proceeds of $2.3 million

--Warrants were Issued as Part of August 2011 Financing--

TSX Venture Exchange: NVC

VANCOUVER, April 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Neovasc Inc. ("Neovasc") (TSXV: NVC), today announced the exercise of 1,835,000 common share purchase warrants issued as part of the Company's August 2011 financing, resulting in proceeds of $2,293,750 to Neovasc. In that financing, Neovasc issued units that included 2,360,250 whole warrants entitling the holders to purchase one common share of Neovasc stock at a price of $1.25 for a period of up to two years after the close of the financing. Participants in this exercise of warrants include OPKO Health, Inc. and Gagnon Securities.

Of the total available warrants from the August 2011 financing, 81% have been exercised by their holders. The remaining 457,750 warrants will expire on August 16, 2013.

"We appreciate the continued confidence of our shareholders," said Alexei Marko, chief executive officer of Neovasc. "We are proud of the progress we have made since our 2011 financing in growing our pericardial tissue business and in developing the Neovasc Reducer™ for the treatment of refractory angina and the Tiara™ transcatheter mitral valve replacement device. The exercise of these warrants awarded as part of that financing strengthens our balance sheet and overall financial position, further ensuring that we have sufficient near-term resources to continue to advance these promising development programs."

About Neovasc Inc.
Neovasc Inc. is a specialty medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets products for the rapidly growing global cardiovascular marketplace.  Its products include the Neovasc Reducer™ for the treatment of refractory angina and the Tiara™ transcatheter mitral value replacement device in development for the treatment of mitral regurgitation. In addition, Neovasc's advanced biological tissue products are widely used as key components in a variety of third-party medical products, such as transcatheter heart valves.  For more information, visit: www.neovasc.com.

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SOURCE: Neovasc Inc.

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Corporate contact:   
Neovasc Inc.
Chris Clark
604 248-4138

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Barbara Lindeim
212 584-2276