LOS ANGELES, June 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CAPR), a biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapeutics for the treatment of diseases today announced the appointment of Houman Hemmati, M.D., Ph.D. to the newly created position of Vice President of Medical and Clinical Development for New Therapies. In this role, Dr. Hemmati will work to drive promising new therapies such as Capricor's exosome platform into clinical development as he works closely with the R&D, manufacturing and product development teams.

"Dr. Hemmati strengthens our team with valuable clinical development experience having driven multiple key high-profile products through the clinical trial process prior to joining Capricor. This timely addition to our management team comes as we expand our platform and work to bring new exosome therapeutics into clinical development next year," said Linda Marbán, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Capricor, "Our exosomes, which are nanometer sized vesicles packed full of RNAs, have demonstrated exciting capabilities to date including the ability to enact various structural and functional changes therapeutically beneficial in animal models. Further our exosomes offer a broad spectrum of therapeutic potential primarily focused on their anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic properties that we are now poised to further develop."

Prior to joining Capricor, Dr. Hemmati, an ophthalmologist, was Director of Clinical Development at Allergan, where responsibilities included early to late stage clinical trial development of high profile ophthalmic products such as Restasis-X as well as Allegan's androgen based ophthalmic treatment and AGN 199201 for presbyopia. Prior to his time at Allergan, he co-founded Avicenna Pharmaceuticals in Paris, France, to advance a technology based on cancer stem cell mutations he had discovered at Caltech.

Dr. Hemmati earned his B.S. in biological sciences at Stanford, M.D. at UCLA and Ph.D. in biology at Caltech. He completed his medical training at the facilities of Stanford Hospital, the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Harvard Medical School while completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Langer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About Capricor Therapeutics

Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CAPR) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapeutics for the treatment of diseases. Our lead programs target post myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The Company has two leading product candidates under investigation: CAP-1002, a cardiac cell therapy and Cenderitide, a natriuretic peptide receptor agonist. CAP-1002 is in development for the treatment of post myocardial infarction (heart attack), advanced heart failure and Duchenne muscular dystrophy associated cardiomyopathy. Cenderitide is in development for the outpatient treatment of heart failure as well as potential other indications. 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.

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