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Fibrocell Joins the Russell 2000(R) Index

EXTON, Pa., June 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fibrocell Science, Inc. (Nasdaq:FCSC), an autologous cell and gene therapy company focused on developing first-in-class treatments for rare and serious skin and connective tissue diseases with high unmet medical needs, today announced that the company has been added to the Russell 2000® Index as part of Russell Investments' annual reconstitution that took place after the market closed on June 26, 2015.

The Russell 2000 Index measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe. The Russell 2000 Index is a subset of the Russell 3000® Index representing approximately 10% of the total market capitalization of that index. It includes approximately 2,000 of the smallest securities based on a combination of their market cap and current index membership. The Russell 2000 is intended to provide a comprehensive and unbiased small-cap barometer and is completely reconstituted annually to ensure larger stocks do not distort the performance and characteristics of the true small-cap opportunity set.

Russell indexes are part of FTSE Russell, a leading global index provider. Approximately $5.7 trillion in assets are benchmarked to the Russell's U.S. indexes. FTSE Russell is wholly owned by London Stock Exchange Group.

About Fibrocell Science, Inc.

Fibrocell Science, Inc. (Nasdaq:FCSC) is an autologous cell and gene therapy company focused on developing first-in-class treatments for rare and serious skin and connective tissue diseases with high unmet medical needs. Fibrocell's most advanced drug candidate, azficel-T, uses its FDA-approved proprietary autologous fibroblast technology and is in a Phase II clinical trial for the treatment of chronic dysphonia resulting from vocal cord scarring. In collaboration with Intrexon Corporation (NYSE:XON), a leader in synthetic biology, Fibrocell is also developing gene therapies for orphan skin diseases using gene-modified autologous fibroblasts. The Company's lead orphan gene-therapy drug candidate, FCX-007, is in late stage pre-clinical development for the treatment of recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB). Fibrocell is also in pre-clinical development of FCX-013, its second gene-therapy drug candidate, for the treatment of linear scleroderma. For more information, visit www.fibrocellscience.com.

CONTACT: Investor Contact: Karen Casey Fibrocell Science, Inc. Tel: +1 (484) 713-6133 kcasey@fibrocellscience.comSource:Fibrocell Science, Inc.