Neovasc Inc. Receives CFIA Approval for Pericardial Tissue Products in Europe

-- Allows Export of Neovasc Tissue Products to Europe as an Intermediate Product Used in the Manufacture of Implantable Medical Devices --

TSX Venture Exchange: NVC

VANCOUVER, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Neovasc Inc. (TSXV: NVC), today announced that it has received Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) approval to export its processed pericardial tissue products to Europe as an "intermediate product" under the requirements of Annex I of EC Regulation No. 2007/2006. This approval allows European customers to import Neovasc's porcine and bovine pericardial tissue materials for use in the manufacture of their own medical devices. It is provided through CFIA in accordance with (European) EC Regulation No. 1774/2002, which sets out that animal derived products imported into Europe from a non-member-country must meet certain standards that are equivalent to those applied by the European Community. The CFIA approval is recognized by all regulatory bodies within the European Community. Neovasc is the only supplier to have CFIA intermediate product approval for implantable pericardial tissue.

"Receipt of this CFIA approval makes it substantially easier for our European customers to import Neovasc's tissue products for incorporation into their own medical devices such as minimally invasive heart valves," commented Alexei Marko, CEO of Neovasc. "We believe that CFIA approval along with the EDQM certification that the company received in December will have significant value for our customers and facilitate the commercialization of new products that incorporate Neovasc's proprietary tissue."

About Neovasc Inc.

Neovasc Inc. is a specialty vascular device company that develops, manufactures and markets medical devices for the rapidly growing vascular marketplace. The company's current products include the Neovasc Reducer(TM), a novel product in development to treat refractory angina, as well as a line of advanced biological tissue technologies that are used to enhance surgical outcomes and as key components in a variety of third party medical products such as minimally invasive artificial heart valves. For more information, visit:

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SOURCE Neovasc Inc.

For further information: For further information: Corporate contact: Neovasc Inc., Chris Clark, (604) 248-4138; U.S. media & investor contact: GendeLLindheim BioCom Partners, Jennifer Anderson, (212) 918-4642

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