St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Cesca Therapeutics Enter Into Collaboration Agreement Targeting Bone Marrow Transplantation

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., Oct. 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cesca Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:KOOL), an autologous cell-based regenerative medicine company, today announced that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee.

Under the terms of the agreement, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will evaluate a prototype for a new CellWerksTM device under Cesca's "Early Technology Access Program". The new device will specifically address the need for reduced red blood cell content in stem cell preparation for patients at risk of major blood-type mismatches. Commercial launch of the new device is expected in late 2016.

Mitchel Sivilotti, Senior Vice President and Chief Biologist at Cesca Therapeutics stated, "This exciting collaboration with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, one of the world's leading pediatric treatment and research facilities focused on children's catastrophic diseases, is a strategic next-step to Cesca's recent announcements addressing life-saving areas of need in hematology/oncology. We are in a unique position to develop and commercialize rapid cell isolation technology for multiple clinical applications and view major blood-type mismatch as one of the cornerstones of our growing CellWerks portfolio. This project, in addition to recent developments in our Haplo-identical Transplant program in India, represents a robust approach to addressing this growing, high value space."

About Cesca Therapeutics Inc.

Cesca Therapeutics Inc. ( is engaged in the research, development and commercialization of autologous cell-based therapeutics for use in regenerative medicine. The Company is a leader in the development and manufacture of automated blood and bone marrow processing systems that enable the separation, processing and preservation of cell and tissue therapy products. These include:

  • SurgWerks; proprietary stem cell therapy point-of-care kits for the treatment of vascular and orthopedic indications that integrate the following indication specific elements:
    • Cell harvesting
    • Cell processing and selection
    • Cell diagnostics
    • Cell delivery
  • CellWerksTM; an integrated system which includes a protocol, disposables and equipment for intra-laboratory use in treatment of oncological and hematological disorders.
  • The AutoXpress® (AXP); a proprietary automated device, along with companion sterile blood processing disposables, for the harvesting of stem cells from cord blood.
  • The MarrowXpress (MXP); a device and disposable system based on the AutoXpress platform for the isolation and concentration of stem cells from bone marrow. Self-powered and microprocessor-controlled, the MXP contains flow control and optical sensors and concentrates white blood cells from bone marrow to a user- defined volume in 40 minutes while retaining over 90% of mononuclear cells (MNCs).
  • The BioArchive® System; an automated cryogenic device, used by cord blood stem cell banks in more than 30 countries, for cryopreservation and archiving of cord blood stem cell units for transplant.

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