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InVivo Therapeutics Chief Science Officer Edward Wirth to Discuss Biopolymers and Hydrogels for SCI at Rick Hansen's Interdependence 2012

Global SCI Conference Brings Together Top Research Teams from Around the World

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 16, 2012 - InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (OTC/BB: NVIV), today announced that the Company's Chief Science Officer, Edward Wirth III, MD, PhD will be presenting at the Interdependence 2012 show currently being held in Vancouver through May 17th, 2012.

Dr. Wirth will participate in a panel discussion titled “Commercialization of SCI Research: Perspectives from the Private Sector.” The panel will be conducted today, Wednesday, May 16th from 2:45 to 4:00 pm. Dr. Wirth's discussion, “Clinical Translation of Absorbable Biopolymers and Hydrogels for Acute Spinal Cord Injury,” will explore the challenges that InVivo Therapeutics has tackled in the course of bringing the novel biopolymer technology from the academic discovery stage to human clinical trials. InVivo has conducted multiple preclinical efficacy and safety studies in order to meet the rigorous scientific, ethical, and regulatory standards that are required to begin clinical trials of a therapeutic intervention that requires administration directly into the acutely injured spinal cord.

Dr. Wirth will also present a poster on data from the Company's pilot primate study on Thursday, May 17th from 9:45 to 10:15 am.

InVivo Chief Executive Officer Frank Reynolds noted, “Ed is an ideal panel participant as he possesses deep experience guiding SCI technologies from the lab through the FDA, with detailed knowledge of the latest advances in biopolymer and hydrogel treatments. Interdependence 2012 is an important event for the SCI industry that presents innovations in a number of practice areas.”

Dr. Wirth joined InVivo after serving for seven years as Medical Director, Regenerative Medicine at Geron Corporation, where he led the first human studies using Geron's application of human progenitor cells to spinal cord injury. Dr. Wirth received a Ph.D. in neuroscience and an M.D. from the University of Florida, and earned a B.A. in physics from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

The Interdependence 2012 program features the latest findings from peer-reviewed researchers and clinicians in a comprehensive range of SCI-related subjects. Research teams and organizations from Denmark, Switzerland, Australia, China, UK, Belgium, USA and Canada will share their work and present the newest treatments and technologies in the field. The conference is produced by the Rick Hansen Foundation, a registered charitable organization that provides leadership to create more accessible and inclusive communities and find a cure for spinal cord injury (SCI). For more information, visit

For more information about InVivo Therapeutics' technologies, visit

About InVivo Therapeutics

InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. is focused on utilizing polymers as a platform technology to develop treatments to improve function in individuals paralyzed as a result of traumatic spinal cord injury. The company was founded in 2005 on the basis of proprietary technology co-invented by Robert Langer, ScD. Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Joseph P. Vacanti, M.D., who is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2011, the company earned the prestigious David S. Apple Award from the American Spinal Injury Association for its outstanding contribution to spinal cord injury medicine. The publicly traded company is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. For more details, visit

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Posted: May 2012