Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium, - The Belgian biotechnology company Cardio3 BioSciences (C3BS), leader in the discovery and development of regenerative, protective and reconstructive therapies for the treatment of cardiac diseases, is pleased to announce that it has won the Trends-Tendances Business Tour 2013 Award in the “Innovation” category for the Walloon Brabant region.

The Trends-Tendances Business Tour is an initiative from the magazine and its Dutch counterpart Trends, in collaboration with Wallonia Foreign Trade & Investment Agency (AWEX) and Business & Society. The Business Tour showcases three companies in each province in the country in three different fields: sustainable management, export and innovation. The choice of these companies has been made by the editors of the magazine and BDO, partner of the event. The chosen businesses are iconic companies in their field and have a profile that stands out in the economic landscape.

Cardio3 BioSciences’ most advanced therapy, C-Cure®, involves taking cells from a patient’s bone marrow and through a proprietary process called Cardiopoiesis re-programming those cells so that they become heart precursor cells. The cells, known as cardiopoietic cells, are then injected back into the patient’s heart through a minimally invasive procedure using a proprietary catheter called C-Cathez ® with the goal of repairing damaged tissue and improving heart function, clinical outcomes and quality of life. C-Cure® is in a Phase III clinical trial in Europe. The trial, called CHART-1, represents the world’s first Phase III trial for a pre-programmed cellular therapy targeting heart failure.

C-Cure® builds on research conducted at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota, USA), Cardio3 BioSciences (Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium) and Cardiovascular Centre Aalst (Aalst, Belgium). The research has been published in major international journals and has been recognised prestigious awards in the United States.

Dr Christian Homsy, CEO of Cardio3 BioSciences, said: “Winning Trends-Tendances’ Business Tour Most Innovative Company Award in a province that is the home of so many innovative businesses is a great honor for our employees and investors, and reflects the truly world class research and development Cardio3 BioSciences has employed to bring C-Cure® from scientific breakthrough to first use in humans. We aim for C-Cure® to be the first approved regenerative product for ischaemic heart failure and look forward to continuing the contribute to the success of Belgian biotechnology”.

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