– USA, CO – ARCA biopharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: ABIO), a biopharmaceutical company developing genetically-targeted therapies for cardiovascular diseases, today announced that Robert E. Conway, has been elected Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors. He serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Conway has over 30 years of executive leadership experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Mr. Conway served as the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Array BioPharma from 1999 to 2012. Array is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of targeted small molecule drugs to treat patients afflicted with cancer and inflammatory diseases. Prior to joining Array, Mr. Conway was the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Hill Top Research, Inc., a clinical research services company, from 1996 to 1999. He also held various executive positions for Corning Inc. including Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Corning Hazleton, Inc., a contract research organization. Mr. Conway serves as the Chairman of Wall Family Enterprise, a leading library and education supplies company. He is on the Board of Directors of eResearch Technology, Inc. In addition, Mr. Conway is a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of Genstar Capital, LLC.

“Bob’s experience and leadership are a tremendous asset to ARCA,” said Dr. Michael R. Bristow, President and Chief Executive Officer of ARCA. “With his significant experience in leading both drug development efforts and companies in the biopharmaceutical sector, Bob’s input and guidance be valuable to the ARCA Board as we continue the development of Gencaro and look to deliver value to our stockholders.”

“I am honored to accept this role with the ARCA Board of Directors,” said Mr. Conway. “This is an exciting time for the organization with the GENETIC-AF trial under way. We believe there is an unmet medical need for new atrial fibrillation treatments. The GENETIC-AF trial, conducted with the collaboration of Medtronic, will hopefully provide important new data for the atrial fibrillation community.”

About ARCA biopharma

ARCA biopharma is dedicated to developing genetically-targeted therapies for cardiovascular diseases. The Company’s lead product candidate, GencaroTM (bucindolol hydrochloride), is an investigational, pharmacologically unique beta-blocker and mild vasodilator being developed for atrial fibrillation. ARCA has identified common genetic variations that it believes predict individual patient response to Gencaro, giving it the potential to be the first genetically-targeted atrial fibrillation prevention treatment. ARCA has a collaboration with Medtronic, Inc. for support of the GENETIC-AF trial

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