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NeoStem Announces Expanded Cell Therapy Manufacturing Relationship With Kite Pharma

NEW YORK, April 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NeoStem, Inc. (Nasdaq:NBS), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel cell-based individualized medicine therapies, announced today the expansion of manufacturing services under an existing Services Agreement between its wholly-owned subsidiary, PCT, and Kite Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq:KITE) (Kite), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing engineered autologous T cell therapy (eACT™) products for the treatment of cancer.

Under the terms of the original agreement, PCT and its center of excellence for cell therapy process development, engineering and manufacturing, provided development and manufacturing services for Kite's lead eACT™ clinical development program. These services included technology transfer, process development, qualification and implementation of the manufacturing process. Under the expanded Services Agreement, Kite will receive these services through increased facilities and personnel at PCT's Mountain View, CA location that are contractually dedicated to Kite.

"We look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial partnership with Kite and to offering manufacturing service for the important cell therapy that they plan to advance toward the commercial market," said Dr. Robert A. Preti, Chief Scientific Officer of NeoStem and President of PCT. "The expansion of NeoStem's arrangement with Kite allows us to grow our Mountain View facility and to continue providing innovative, reliable and high quality manufacturing expertise to cell therapy developers who are researching potentially life-changing treatments for patients across many therapeutic areas."

"We are pleased that we have expanded our relationship with Kite and look forward to continuing to provide them with premium specialized immunotherapy manufacturing services. This arrangement with Kite will serve as a model for future collaborations between PCT and its clients," said Dr. David J. Mazzo, NeoStem's Chief Executive Officer. "We have valued PCT's expertise, manufacturing facilities, and services, and we look forward to a continued productive relationship with them," said Dr. Arie Belldegrun, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kite.

About NeoStem, Inc.

NeoStem is a biopharmaceutical company pursuing the preservation and enhancement of human health globally through the development of novel cell based individualized medicine therapeutics that prevent, treat or cure disease. The Company is developing therapies based on three platform technologies (immune-oncology, ischemic repair and immunomodulation) with a lead, late-stage clinical program for each. The combination of a rich therapeutics pipeline and an externally recognized in-house center for cell therapy process development and manufacturing has created an organization with unique capabilities for accelerated and efficient 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, 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 wholly-owned subsidiary and its center of excellence for cell therapy process development, engineering and manufacturing, PCT, 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.

CONTACT: NeoStem, Inc. Eric Powers Manager of Communications and Marketing Phone: +1-212-584-4173 Email: epowers@neostem.com

Source:NeoStem Inc.