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October 11, 2023 11 October, 2023

Sernova to Provide Two Program Updates in Podium Presentations at 2023 IPITA Congress

Dr. Piotr Witkowski presenting new data from ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial of the Cell Pouch System™ in patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D)

Dr. Alice Tomei presenting preclinical data on transplantation of conformal coated islet cells in pre- vascularized Cell Pouch

LONDON, Ontario; WINDHAM COUNTY, Connecticut – October 10, 2023 – Sernova Corp. (TSX:SVA) (OTCQB:SEOVF) (FSE/XETRA:PSH), a clinical-stage company and leader in cell therapeutics, today announced two oral presentations at the upcoming International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association (IPITA), International Xenotransplantation Association (IXA) Cell Transplant & Regenerative Medicine Association (CTRMA) joint congress taking October 26-29, 2023 in San Diego, CA.

More details about the conference, including accepted abstracts, are available on the IPITA website HERE. In alignment with the embargo policy, Sernova plans to share details from both speakers lectures following completion of their presentations.

Presenation details:

Abstract #: 105.1 Title: Islet allotransplantation into pre-vascularized Sernova Cell Pouch™ - Lessons learned from the first patient cohort Presenter: Piotr Witkowski, United States, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Chicago Session: Islet Transplantation: Engineering the Islet Site Session Date and Time: Thursday, October 26, 2023 from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. PT

Abstract #: 205.1 Title: Transplantation of conformal coated islets in a pre-vascularized Cell Pouch™ device for beta cell replacement in diabetic rats Presenter: Alice Tomei, United States, Associate Professor - Biomedical Engineering and Diabetes Research Institute, University of Miami Session: Engineering the site (Joint) Session Date and Time: Friday, October 27, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. PT

ABOUT SERNOVA CORP. AND THE CELL POUCH SYSTEM PLATFORM FOR CELL THERAPY Sernova Corp. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that is developing therapeutic cell technologies for chronic diseases, including insulin-dependent diabetes, thyroid disease, and blood disorders that include hemophilia A. Sernova is currently focused on developing a ‘functional cure’ for insulindependent diabetes with its lead asset, the Cell Pouch System, a novel implantable and scalable medical device with immune protected therapeutic cells. On implantation, The Cell Pouch forms a natural vascularized tissue environment in the body for long-term survival and function of therapeutic cells that release essential factors that are absent or deficient in the bodies of patients with certain chronic diseases. Sernova’s Cell Pouch System has demonstrated its potential to be a ‘functional cure’ for people with T1D in an ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical study at the University of Chicago, with Cell Pouches implanted for periods of more than four years and counting.

Sernova is also advancing a proprietary technology in collaboration with the University of Miami to shield therapeutic cells from immune system attack with the goal to eliminate the need for chronic, systemic immunosuppression. In May 2022, Sernova and Evotec entered into a global strategic partnership to develop an implantable off-the-shelf iPSC (induced pluripotent stem cells) based islet replacement therapy. This partnership provides Sernova a potentially unlimited supply of insulinproducing cells to treat millions of patients with insulin-dependent diabetes (type 1 and type 2). Sernova continues to progress two additional development programs that utilize its Cell Pouch System: a cell therapy for hypothyroid disease resulting from thyroid gland removal and an ex vivo lentiviral Factor VIII gene therapy for hemophilia A.


Christopher Barnes VP, Investor Relations Sernova Corp. Tel: 519-902-7923

Investors: Corey Davis, Ph.D. LifeSci Advisors, LLC Tel: 212-915-2577

Media: Hannah Holmquist LifeSci Communica􀆟ons Tel: 619-723-4326

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