Neovasc Hires Industry Veteran Vicki Bebeau as Vice President, Clinical Affairs

-Bebeau Brings Her Extensive Experience in Managing Cardiac Device Clinical Programs to the Tiara and Neovasc Reducer New Product Programs-
-New Clinical Initiatives for Tiara and the Neovasc Reducer Targeted for 2014 and 2015-

TSX Venture Exchange: NVC

VANCOUVER, May 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Neovasc Inc. (TSXV: NVC) (the 'Company' or 'Neovasc') today announced that Vicki Bebeau has joined the company in the role of Vice President, Clinical Affairs, a newly-created position. Ms. Bebeau brings Neovasc more than 18 years of experience in clinical trial planning and management at industry leaders St. Jude Medical, Boston Scientific and Medtronic.

"With the ongoing successes of our Tiara™ mitral valve and Neovasc Reducer™ programs, Neovasc is preparing to undertake clinical trial initiatives for both products," noted Alexei Marko, CEO of Neovasc. "We plan to initiate multinational feasibility studies for Tiara in late 2014, and we are targeting a 2015 start for the Reducer clinical program needed for an IDE approval in the United States."

Mr. Marko added, "These high potential programs are central to our success and we are delighted to have recruited Vicki Bebeau, a highly experienced industry veteran, as our head of Clinical Affairs. Ms. Bebeau has held clinical positions of increasing responsibility at medical device industry leaders St. Jude Medical, Boston Scientific and Medtronic, where she successfully directed multinational clinical studies in Canada, the United States, and Europe."

Neovasc is preparing to begin formal clinical feasibility studies for its Tiara device for the transcatheter treatment of mitral valve disease later this year. In addition, building on positive results recently reported from the Reducer COSIRA trial, Neovasc has initiated design of a US-IDE study to support an application for FDA approval of the Reducer. The study is expected to begin next year.

"Neovasc has earned a strong reputation in the industry for their development of novel cardiovascular devices addressing major unmet medical needs, and I look forward to playing a key role in advancing the clinical programs that are central to the clinical and commercial success of the Tiara and Reducer new product programs," commented Ms. Bebeau.

Neovasc intends to continue the expansion of its clinical team and related operations to support the Tiara and Reducer product programs.

About Neovasc Inc.
Neovasc is a specialty medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets products for the rapidly growing cardiovascular marketplace. Its products include the Tiara™ technology in development for the transcatheter treatment of mitral valve disease, the Neovasc Reducer™ for the treatment of refractory angina and a line of advanced biological tissue products that are used as key components in third-party medical products including transcatheter heart valves. For more information, visit www.neovasc.com

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SOURCE: Neovasc Inc.

For further information:

Corporate Contact:
Chris Clark
Neovasc Inc.
604 248-4138
cclark@neovasc.com

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Barbara Lindheim
212 584-2276                                 
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