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 News Release - May 31, 2006

Corautus Genetics Announces Filing of Response to FDA Clinical Hold

ATLANTA, May 31 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Corautus Genetics Inc. (Nasdaq: VEGF ), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of new and innovative gene therapy products for the treatment of cardiovascular (severe angina) and peripheral vascular disease, announced today the filing of its response to the FDA clinical hold on the GENASIS trial which was imposed due to potential safety concerns with the delivery of its proprietary product candidate for the treatment of severe angina in the trial.

Richard E. Otto, President and Chief Executive Officer of Corautus, said, "On March 14, 2006, we announced the voluntary suspension of the GENASIS trial due to three events of pericardial effusion progressing to tamponade occurring in the few weeks prior to that date. We did not, and still do not, believe the events were related to the therapeutic; however, patient safety is a prime concern so we immediately took action. Subsequent to informing the FDA of our voluntary suspension, the GENASIS trial was placed on clinical hold. The rate of tamponade events experienced in the GENASIS trial was 1.36 percent or 4 out of 295 patients treated."

Mr. Otto continued, "A cross-functional team, with members from both Boston Scientific Corporation, developer of the Stiletto(TM) catheter system, and Corautus, has been diligently working over the past several weeks with our investigators and others to evaluate the events leading to the suspension of treatments. We have now developed and submitted to the FDA our response to the clinical hold. We believe we have appropriately investigated the events and have developed a plan for dealing with these issues in potential subsequent clinical trials evaluating VEGF-2 for the treatment of severe angina."

As reported on April 10, 2006, when enrollment in the GENASIS trial was terminated, 295 patients with severe angina had been treated. Subsequent to the termination, with the support of our investigators and their coordinators, Corautus continues to gather, on a blinded basis, what it believes will be very important clinical data on both primary and secondary endpoints from the GENASIS trial.

Mr. Otto continued, "We are pleased with the submission of our response to the clinical hold and anticipate working with the FDA to address their concerns. Also, as previously announced, we are on track with our plans to make a decision regarding the timing of our clinical database lock and subsequent analysis and review of the collected data for efficacy endpoints and safety information. We look forward to analyzing the data and continuing discussions with the FDA to determine an appropriate primary endpoint in a trial for the treatment of patients suffering from severe angina. We continue to be hopeful the information generated by our analysis may support the commencement of a Phase III clinical trial."

About Corautus Genetics

Corautus Genetics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of gene transfer therapy products for the treatment of cardiovascular (severe angina) and peripheral vascular disease. Corautus is developing and testing a gene therapy product candidate using the VEGF-2 gene to promote therapeutic angiogenesis in ischemic muscle. Corautus has a strategic alliance with Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX ) to develop, commercialize and distribute the VEGF-2 gene therapy products. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to certain factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, events and performances to differ materially from those referred to in such statements. These risks include statements that address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future, such as projections about our GENASIS clinical trial or any future trials, including the likelihood of obtaining positive data from such trials, potential benefits from manufacturing agreements, the potential benefits from previous clinical trials, potential benefits from Phase I trials we are supporting in the areas of critical limb ischemia and diabetic neuropathy, future results of operations or our financial condition, adequacy of funding, benefits from the alliance with Boston Scientific, research, development and commercialization of our product candidates, anticipated trends in our business, manufacture of sufficient and acceptable quantities of our proposed products, approval of our product candidates, meeting additional capital requirements, and other risks that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks are discussed in Corautus Genetics Inc.'s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including, but not limited to, the risk factors in Corautus' 2005 Annual Report on Form 10-K which was filed on March 20, 2006 amended by Corautus' Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2006 which was filed on May 15, 2006. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based on information available to Corautus on the date hereof, and Corautus assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.

Source: Corautus Genetics

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