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Caladrius Biosciences Issues Letter to Shareholders

NEW YORK, June 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:CLBS) ("Caladrius" or the "Company"), a cell therapy leader with a late-stage clinical program for immuno-oncology, today announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. David J. Mazzo, has issued a letter to shareholders. The letter begins as follows:

Dear Fellow Shareholders of Caladrius Biosciences,

The first five months of my tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of Caladrius Biosciences (formerly NeoStem) have been hectic, stimulating and enlightening. I can assure you that I am as excited as ever about our prospects to bring new, innovative and treatment paradigm-changing medical therapies to bear on diseases with high unmet medical need. I also remain confident that our objective to significantly enhance shareholder value will become a reality as we continue to execute our strategic business plan. But before I detail our exciting company milestones, both recent and upcoming, allow me to begin with a few words about our new identity.

Effective today, NeoStem has changed its name to Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. The name change marks the culmination of our efforts to identify clearly our company by its new, focused and rationalized pipeline in combination with our unique approach to cell therapy development and manufacturing services. In Roman mythology, the Caladrius is a bird that visits the ill and is said to be able to absorb a patient's illness and fly away, dispersing the illness and healing both itself and the patient. With the same objective of patient recovery, we, now as Caladrius Biosciences, are committed to bringing significant life-improving therapies to market, driving the evolution of the cell therapy industry and generating industry-leading growth through our innovation and executional excellence. Among the first of a new breed of immunotherapy companies, we strive every day, through the development of our own individualized cell therapies as well as through successful development and manufacturing partnerships, to deliver unique and better medical treatments to market.

To read the complete letter to shareholders please visit www.caladrius.com/2015shareholderletter

About Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. (formerly NeoStem, Inc.)

Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. is among the first of a new breed of immunotherapy companies with proven expertise and unique experience in cell process optimization, development, and manufacturing. Caladrius is a cell therapy leader with late-stage clinical programs based on a proprietary platform technology for immuno-oncology, as well as additional platform technologies for ischemic repair and immunomodulation, and capabilities that support other cell therapy developers. This integrated approach supports the industry in bringing significant life-improving medical treatments to market. www.caladrius.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 timing and success of the proposed public offering. 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, among others, the uncertainties related to market conditions, the completion of the public offering on the anticipated terms or at all, the final terms of the proposed offering, and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions related to the proposed public offering. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to the business of the Company in general, see the factors described under the heading, "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 2, 2015 and those described in the Company's other periodic filings with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

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

Source:Caladrius Biosciences, Inc.