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Cellular Biomedicine Group Initiates Patient Recruitment for Cartilage Damage Stem Cell Therapy Clinical Research Study

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cellular Biomedicine Group Inc. (Nasdaq:CBMG) ("CBMG" or the "Company"), a biomedicine firm engaged in the development of effective treatments for degenerative and cancerous diseases, today announced the initiation of patient recruitment to support a study of ReJoinTM human adipose derived mesenchymal progenitor cell (haMPC) therapy for Cartilage Damage (CD) resulting from osteoarthritis (OA) or sports injury. The study is based on the same science that has shown tremendous progress in the treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis (KOA). Both arthroscopy and the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will be deployed to further demonstrate the regenerative efficacy of ReJoinTM on CD.

The decision to explore the efficacy of the Company's proprietary ReJoinTM therapy on an additional orthopedic indication, Cartilage Damage (CD), follows the encouraging data readout from its Knee Osteoarthritis Phase IIa Clinical Trial, of which the twelve-month follow-up results were announced in December 2014 (see press release here). "We anticipate patient treatment in this study to be completed by the end of Q2 2015, and to report the interim results in Q3 2015. We very much look forward to finding the promise of ReJoinTM therapy for further indications. The repair of damaged cartilage would fundamentally improve the quality of life for CD patients, allowing for greater mobility, flexibility and less pain," said Dr. William (Wei) Cao, Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

About the Study

The Phase II clinical study is a single-blind, randomly assigned, controlled clinical research study that will enroll thirty patients with the purpose of evaluating the safety and efficacy of haMPCs combined with lavage, debridement, and/or microfracture under arthroscopy treatment for cartilage damage. In addition, this study shall serve as a supporting study of ReJoinTM for the treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis (KOA) so as to bring additional clinical data to the protocol of future KOA trials.

The study is conducted by Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital, a leading teaching hospital affiliated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. Professor Wang You, Director of the hospital's orthopedics department and Vice Chairperson of the Chinese Knee Society, will lead the study as Principal Investigator.

About CD in China

Currently in China KOA patients number over 57 million. The incidence of cartilage damage in routine knee arthroscopies has been reported to be almost 300,000 per year. (Source: Market analysis of Chinese arthroscopy, published on July 21, 2014 and "Advances in Orthopedics" Volume 2012, Article ID 528423) Similar to KOA, CD is an unmet orthopedic medical need.

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.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release relating to plans, strategies, trends, specific activities or investments, and other statements that are not descriptions of historical facts may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking information is inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, which include, but are not limited to, risk factors inherent in doing business. Forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as "may," "will," "expects," "plans," "intends," "estimates," "potential," or "continue," or similar terms or the negative of these terms. Although CBMG believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, they cannot guarantee that future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements will be obtained. CBMG does not have any obligation to update these forward-looking statements other than as required by law.

CONTACT: Sarah Kelly Director of Corporate Communications, CBMG +1 650 566-5064 sarah.kelly@cellbiomedgroup.com Vivian Chen Managing Director Investor Relations, Grayling +1 646 284-9427 vivian.chen@grayling.com

Source:Cellular Biomedicine Group Inc.