Capricor Announces Peer-Reviewed Publication Demonstrating the Therapeutic Potential of Exosome-Based Multivalent Vaccine Developed from its StealthX™ Platform

-Capricor’s StealthX™ Exosome Platform Designed to Support the Advancement of Next Generation Vaccines and Therapeutics-

SAN DIEGO, Calif., April 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capricor Therapeutics (NASDAQ: CAPR), a biotechnology company focused on the development of transformative cell and exosome-based therapeutics for the treatment and prevention of muscular and other select diseases, announced today the publication of a preclinical study in Microbiology Spectrum,  a leading peer-reviewed scientific journal of the American Society for Microbiology, highlighting the therapeutic potential of its StealthX™ exosome platform technology to develop a multivalent vaccine against the spike and nucleocapsid SARS-CoV-2 proteins.

“Exosomes offer a new approach to drug delivery with this study showing the potential to rapidly generate multivalent protein-based vaccines,” said Linda Marbán, Ph.D., Capricor’s chief executive officer. “We are encouraged by the growing dataset that continues to support the therapeutic potential of our StealthX™ platform. The data from this study suggests that StealthX™ could potentially deliver a more potent vaccine with broader immunity by combining the advantages of both mRNA and recombinant protein vaccines into a potentially superior, rapidly generated, low-dose vaccine. A growing body of literature suggests antibody response against spike surface proteins provide immune protection, while nucleocapsid adds an additional line of defense, which could be clinically meaningful for highly mutating viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2. We look forward to exploring the potential therapeutic utility of these vaccine candidates, and more broadly, expanding our pipeline and partnership opportunities with this platform.”

In this study, exosomes were engineered to express either SARS-CoV-2 spike (StealthX™-spike, STX-S) or nucleocapsid (StealthX™-nucleocapsid, STX-N) proteins on the surface. When administered individually, both STX-S and STX-N induced a potent humoral and cellular immune response. These effects were obtained with administration of only nanogram amounts of protein and without adjuvant or synthetic lipid nanoparticles (LNPs). Importantly, preclinical results from murine and rabbit models suggest the combination, STX-S+N, as a single shot, resulted in robust antibody production, potent neutralizing antibodies, a strong T-cell response and a favorable safety profile. These peer-reviewed results which were previously published online on bioRxiv established the prospect of rapidly combining multiple targets in one vaccine and supports exosomes as a suitable delivery vehicle for a variety of therapeutic cargo.

About Capricor Therapeutics

Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAPR) is a biotechnology company focused on the development of transformative cell and exosome-based therapeutics for the treatment and prevention of muscular and other select diseases. Capricor’s lead candidate, CAP-1002, is an allogeneic cardiac-derived cell therapy that is currently in late-stage clinical development for treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Capricor is also developing its exosome technology as a next-generation therapeutic platform. Capricor’s focus is on developing exosomes capable of delivering nucleic acids, including mRNA, as well as proteins to treat or prevent a variety of diseases. For more information, visit, and follow Capricor on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

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CAP-1002 is an Investigational New Drug and is not approved for any indications. None of Capricor’s exosome-based candidates have been approved for clinical investigation.

For more information, please contact:

Capricor Media Contact:
Raquel Cona
KCSA Strategic Communications

Capricor Investor Contact:
Joyce Allaire
LifeSci Advisors, LLC

Capricor Company Contact:
AJ Bergmann, Chief Financial Officer

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