LOS ANGELES, June 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CAPR), a biotechnology company focused on developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and CureDuchenne, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, invite participants to join a webinar on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET/noon PT.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Linda Marbán, Chief Executive Officer of Capricor Therapeutics
  • Dr. Andrew Hamer, Vice President of Medical Affairs of Capricor
  • Debra Miller, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CureDuchenne
  • Dr. Michael Kelly, Chief Scientific Advisor for CureDuchenne

Capricor's upcoming HOPE-DUCHENNE clinical trial will be discussed. The HOPE-DUCHENNE trial will evaluate CAP-1002 for the first time in patients with Duchenne with significant cardiac dysfunction. CAP-1002 is Capricor's allogeneic, cardiosphere-derived cell (CDC) therapy already in clinical development for the treatment of heart disease. CureDuchenne Ventures has invested in Capricor to support the development of its clinical program for Duchenne.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Capricor's Investigational New Drug Application (IND) for the clinical development of CAP-1002 for the treatment of patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) related cardiomyopathy. Heart failure is the leading cause of death in patients with Duchenne.

To join the webinar please call (844) 337-8088 and enter conference ID number 64152106. Visit here: (https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=ja5me0up4wnx) to register online.

About Capricor Therapeutics

Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CAPR) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company with expertise in the field of cardiovascular disease aiming to develop novel therapies for diseases with significant unmet medical needs. Our lead programs target post myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The Company has two leading product candidates under investigation: Cenderitide, a natriuretic peptide receptor agonist, and CAP-1002, a cardiac cell therapy. Cenderitide is in development for the outpatient treatment of heart failure as well as potential other indications. CAP-1002 is in development for the treatment of post myocardial infarction (heart attack), advanced heart failure and Duchenne muscular dystrophy associated cardiomyopathy. In addition, the Company is conducting research and development on its exosomes platform technology for cardiac diseases and other potential indications. For additional information visit www.capricor.com.

About CureDuchenne Ventures and CureDuchenne

CureDuchenne Ventures LLC collaborates with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to facilitate the development of drugs to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy. CureDuchenne Ventures LLC was formed by CureDuchenne, a national nonprofit that has a successful track record of supporting research and raising awareness of the disease.

CureDuchenne is a national nonprofit organization located in Newport Beach, California, dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne, the most common and most lethal form of muscular dystrophy. As the leading genetic killer of young boys, Duchenne affects more than 300,000 boys worldwide. CureDuchenne has garnered international attention for its efforts to raise funds and awareness for Duchenne. With the help of CureDuchenne's distinguished international panel of Scientific Advisors, funds raised by CureDuchenne support the most promising research aimed at treating and curing Duchenne. To date, seven CureDuchenne research projects have advanced into human clinical trials – a unique accomplishment as few health-related nonprofits have been successful in being a catalyst for human clinical trials.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release regarding the efficacy, safety, and intended utilization of Capricor's product candidates; the conduct, size, timing and results of discovery efforts and clinical trials; scope, duration, validity and enforceability of intellectual property rights; plans regarding regulatory filings, future research and clinical trials; plans regarding current and future collaborative activities and the ownership of commercial rights; future royalty streams, and any other statements about Capricor's management team's future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words "believes," "plans," "could," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates," "should," "target," "will," "would" and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. More information about these and other risks that may impact our business are set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 16, 2015, in our Registration Statement on Form S-1, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 6, 2015 and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ending March 31, 2015, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 13, 2015. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact:
         
         Capricor Therapeutics, Inc.
         AJ Bergmann, Vice President of Finance
         +1-310-358-3200
         abergmann@capricor.com
         
         Media Relations
         Russo Partners
         Christopher Hippolyte
         +1-646-942-5634
         chris.hippolyte@russopartnersllc.com
         
         Investor Relations:
         Russo Partners
         Robert Flamm, Ph.D.
         +1-212-845-4226
         robert.flamm@russopartnersllc.com

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