NeoStem PreSERVE AMI Clinical Trial One-Year Results to be Presented at American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session on March 15

NEW YORK, March 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NeoStem, Inc. (Nasdaq:NBS) ("NeoStem" or the "Company"), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel cell-based personalized medicine therapies, announced today that the latest available information from continued follow-up for its PreSERVE study will be presented at ACC.15, the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session and Expo, in San Diego, California.

On Sunday, March 15, Dr. Arshed A. Quyyumi, Professor of Medicine at Emory University and Lead Principal Investigator of the PreSERVE AMI study will present results based on one-year follow up of patients in the trial. The PreSERVE study is NeoStem's clinical trial evaluating NBS10, which is being developed to treat damaged heart muscle following an acute myocardial infarction.

  • Date & Time: Sunday, March 15, 12:00 PM PDT
  • Venue: San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Website: http://accscientificsession.acc.org/ACC.aspx
  • Presenter: Dr. Arshed A. Quyyumi, Professor of Medicine at Emory University and Lead Principal Investigator of the PreSERVE AMI study
  • Topic: One-Year Follow Up Results from PreSERVE-AMI: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial of Intracoronary Infusion of Autologous CD34+ Cells in Patients with Left Ventricular Dysfunction Post-STEMI

Dr. Quyyumi presented six-month data from the Phase 2 PreSERVE clinical trial at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in November of last year. This presentation will serve to update findings previously discussed at AHA, including analyses of safety and left ventricular function.

Also at ACC.15 on Sunday, March 15, Dr. Douglas Losordo, NeoStem's Chief Medical Officer, will be a panelist on a discussion session titled "High Impact Technology Breakthroughs in Medicine," taking place at 11:47 AM PDT.

About NeoStem's Ischemic Repair Program

NeoStem is developing therapies to address ischemia through its Ischemic Repair Program (the Program), using CD34 cell technology. Ischemia occurs when the supply of oxygenated blood in the body is restricted. The Company's therapeutics seek to reverse this restriction through the development and formation of new blood vessels. The Program's lead product candidate is NBS10, a chemotactic hematopoietic stem cell product comprised of autologous bone marrow-derived CD34/CXCR4 cells selected to treat damaged heart muscle following AMI (or heart attack). NBS10 is thought to work by increasing microvascular blood flow in the heart muscle via the development and formation of new blood vessels, thereby reversing the restriction of blood supply caused by a heart attack and rescuing at-risk cardiac tissue from eventual cell death.

About the PreSERVE AMI Clinical Trial

PreSERVE AMI is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of intracoronary infusion of autologous CD34 cells in patients with left ventricular dysfunction post-ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The trial included 161 subjects at 60 sites in the United States, randomized 1:1 between treatment and placebo arms. Eligible patients presented with acute STEMI, had successful stenting of the infarct-related artery and had left ventricular dysfunction 4 days after AMI. Primary endpoints include occurrence of SAEs and MACE (defined as cardiovascular death, re-infarction, heart failure hospitalization, and coronary revascularization) through 3 year follow-up, and 6-month change in myocardial perfusion (RTSS) measured quantitatively by gated SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging. Secondary endpoints include cardiovascular magnetic imaging resonance (CMR) to measure left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), left ventricular end-systolic volume (LVESV), left ventricular end-systolic diameter (LVEDV), and infarct size (baseline and six months). While 6 month and 12 month data have been collected, those data are subject to ongoing analysis, and results reported at this time are preliminary. There can be no assurance that further analysis may not reveal negative, or less promising, results.

About NeoStem, Inc.

NeoStem is a biopharmaceutical company pursuing the preservation and enhancement of human health globally through the development of novel cell based personalized medicine therapeutics that prevent, treat or cure disease by repairing and replacing damaged or aged tissue, cells and organs and restoring their normal function. The combination of a rich therapeutics pipeline and externally recognized in-house manufacturing expertise has created an organization with unique capabilities for cost effective and accelerated product development. www.neostem.com

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 reflect management's current expectations, as of the date of this press release, and involve certain risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements herein with respect to the successful execution of the Company's business strategy, the Company's ability to develop and grow its business, the successful development of cellular therapies with respect to the Company's research and development and clinical evaluation efforts in connection with the Company's Targeted Immunotherapy Program, Ischemic Repair Program , Immune Modulation Program and other cell therapies, especially NBS10, the future of the regenerative medicine industry and the role of stem cells and cellular therapy in that industry, and the performance and planned expansion of the Company's contract development and manufacturing business as well as its efforts to expand its capabilities into the cell therapy tools market. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Factors that could cause future results to materially differ from the recent results or those projected in forward-looking statements include the "Risk Factors" described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on March 2, 2015, and in the Company's other periodic filings with the SEC. The Company's further development is highly dependent on future medical and research developments and market acceptance, which is outside of its control.

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