Medgenics Awarded $2.2 Million Grant From the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist

WAYNE, Pa. and MISGAV, Israel, April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Medgenics, Inc. (NYSE MKT:MDGN) (LSE:MEDU) (LSE:MEDG), the developer of BioPump(TM) a novel technology for the sustained production and delivery of therapeutic proteins in patients using ex-vivo gene therapy and their own tissue for the treatment of rare and orphan diseases, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Medgenics Medical Israel Ltd. (MMI), was awarded a government grant of up to NIS 7.7 million (approximately USD 2.2 million), from the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) at the Ministry of Economy of Israel.

The grant will be used to cover Research & Development (R&D) expenses for the 12-month period from December 2013 through November 2014 to support further research and clinical development of the Company's proprietary, tissue-based BioPump platform technology with respect to the treatment of new rare and orphan diseases and anemia.

The OCS awards grants to companies from various industries in Israel to foster technological innovations. Recipient selections are based on multiple criteria including the uniqueness of a company's technology, and the potential market it addresses, plus the robustness of the company's business including financial position, R&D capabilities and management experience.

Under the terms of the OCS grant, MMI will repay the grant in full, plus interest, through royalties on revenue received from commercializing the developed technology. The payment of royalties is contingent on such revenues and, in the absence of such revenues; no royalty payments to the OCS are required.

"We are delighted and honored to once again have been selected to receive this non-dilutive funding from the Israeli OCS and appreciate the continued support. These grants have been instrumental in furthering the development of our BioPump technology and support us in advancing our clinical trials in the U.S. and Israel," stated Garry A. Neil, Global Head of R&D for Medgenics.

About Medgenics

Medgenics is developing and commercializing BioPump™, a proprietary platform for the sustained production and delivery of therapeutic proteins using ex-vivo gene therapy and the patient's own tissue for the treatment of orphan and rare diseases. For more information, visit the Company's website at

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CONTACT: Medgenics, Inc. John Leaman Stern Investor Relations Beth DelGiacco 212-362-1200 Abchurch Communications Harriet Rae / Joanne Shears/Jamie Hooper +44 207 398 7719 Oriel Securities (NOMAD & Broker) Jonathan Senior / Giles Balleny +44 207 710 7617Source:Medgenics, Inc.