PALO ALTO, Calif., June 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cellular Biomedicine Group Inc. (Nasdaq:CBMG) (the "Company"), a biomedicine firm engaged in the development of new treatments for degenerative and cancerous diseases, today announced the discontinuation of the Company's consulting business segment. The consulting business is expected to be classified as discontinued operations, effective July 1, 2014.
As a result, the Company expects to record a one-time pre-tax cash charge of approximately $840,000 in the second quarter 2014 resulting from severance to be paid to employees affiliated with the consulting business.
"After a circumspect review by management and the Board of Directors, our decision to discontinue operating the legacy consulting business should remove any performance variability associated with this segment," said Dr. William (Wei) Cao, Chief Executive Officer of Cellular Biomedicine Group.
"We also believe that the consulting business no longer fits into our long-term strategy and vision. As such, we will focus our resources on becoming a world-class, pure-play biotechnology company bringing therapies to improve the health of patients in China. By optimizing our resources, we believe the scalability of our biomedicine business will deliver long-term value to our partners, patients and shareholders," added Dr. Cao.
The consulting business' securities will remain on the Company's balance sheet. Keith Wong and Norm Klein, the consulting business' current management team will assist and ensure a smooth discontinuation of our consulting operations.
About Cellular Biomedicine Group
Cellular Biomedicine Group, Inc. develops proprietary cell therapies for the treatment of certain degenerative diseases and cancers. Our developmental stem cell, progenitor cell, and immune cell projects are the result of research and development by scientists and doctors from China and the United States. Our flagship GMP facility, consisting of eight independent cell production lines, is designed, certified and managed according to U.S. standards. To learn more about CBMG, please visit: www.cellbiomedgroup.com
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