LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCBB:CAPR), a biotechnology company focused on developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, today announced that Thomas Copmann, Ph.D., has been appointed to the newly created position of Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Drug Development. In this role, Dr. Copmann will lead the company's regulatory initiatives and strategy, ensure appropriate regulatory compliance in the conduct of all Capricor development programs and manage reporting to the FDA and health authorities.

"Dr. Copmann joins our management team at a crucial point in the company's development as we advance our cardiovascular clinical programs, which include cardiosphere-derived cells, CAP-1002, for post-heart attack treatment and for treatment of advanced heart failure and Cenderitide for outpatient treatment of heart failure following hospitalization," said Linda Marbán, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Capricor. "Dr. Copmann has deep experience spanning over 25 years and a record of success managing regulatory affairs and product development that I am confident will optimize the likelihood of successfully developing our pipeline."

Prior to joining Capricor, Dr. Copmann served as chair of the Commission on Drugs for Rare Diseases, was the industry representative on the National Vaccine Advisory Board and served as a scientific advisor to President George H.W. Bush. Dr. Copmann is responsible for over 47 new drug applications in the endocrinology, neurology, cardiovascular, and oncology areas. He has established global departments at Eli Lilly, PMA, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Nordisk and others. Most recently, Dr. Copmann served as an independent consultant on regulatory affairs and drug development to clients including the NIH, venture capital groups and pharmaceutical companies where his product area of expertise included cardiovascular and blood products.

"Capricor is engaged in important product development work with truly innovative candidates to provide novel treatment options for patients who have had a heart attack, advanced heart failure or Duchenne muscular dystrophy cardiomyopathy," said Dr. Copmann. "I am looking forward to working as part of the Capricor team to efficiently and successfully develop these products and bring them to patients."

About Capricor Therapeutics

Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (CAPR), a publicly traded biotechnology company, is focused on the development of novel therapeutics to prevent and treat heart disease. The Company has two leading product candidates: CAP-1002 and Cenderitide. The Company was formed through the November 2013 merger between Capricor, Inc., a privately held company whose mission is to improve the treatment of heart disease by commercializing cardiac stem cell therapies for patients, and Nile Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative products for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. For additional information visit www.capricor.com.

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