Vital Therapies Announces Poster Presentation at the 2014 World Transplant Congress

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SAN DIEGO, July 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vital Therapies, Inc. (Nasdaq:VTL), a biotherapeutic company developing ELAD®, a cell-based therapy targeting treatment of acute liver failure, announces that Dr. Lewis W. Teperman, Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, presented a poster on Sunday evening at the 2014 World Transplant Congress entitled "Protein Content Assessment During Treatment with the ELAD Bioartificial Liver Support System." The poster described the measurement of protein production by ELAD cell cartridges through measurement of blood and plasma ultrafiltrate levels of α-fetoprotein (AFP), Gelsolin, Factor V and C3 complement.

About Vital Therapies, Inc.

Vital Therapies, Inc. is a biotherapeutic company developing a cell-based therapy targeting treatment of acute liver failure. The company's lead product-candidate, ELAD, is an extracorporeal bio-artificial liver therapy currently in Phase 3 clinical trials. Vital Therapies, Inc. is based in San Diego, California. Vital Therapies® and ELAD® are trademarks of Vital Therapies, Inc.

Cautionary Note About Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements concerning the capabilities of ELAD cell cartridges. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current, preliminary expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Risks and uncertainties with respect to our clinical trials include, but are not limited to, the successful opening and the continued participation of clinical sites and their ongoing adherence to protocols, assumptions regarding enrollment rates, timing and availability of subjects meeting inclusion and exclusion criteria, changes to protocols or regulatory requirements, the ability to comply with and meet applicable laws and regulations, unexpected adverse events or safety issues and the sufficiency of funding. There can be no assurance that data from any of our clinical trials will be sufficient to support an application for marketing in any country or that any such application will ever be approved. These and other risks regarding our research and development programs are described in detail in our SEC filings, including in our recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and Vital Therapies, Inc. disclaims any obligation to update these statements except as may be required by law.

CONTACT: Vital Therapies, Inc. Contact: Terry Winters, Ph.D. Co-Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Duane Nash, M.D. Executive Vice President, Chief Business Officer Tel: (858) 673-6840

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