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StemCells, Inc., Pathway™ Study in Cervical Spinal Cord Injury Featured in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NEWARK, Calif., Feb. 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StemCells, Inc. (NASDAQ:STEM), a world leader in the research and development of cell-based therapeutics for the treatment of central nervous system disorders, today announced the company’s ongoing Phase II Pathway™ Study in cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) was featured in an article published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.



For the story entitled “UPMC’s clinical trial showing promise with spinal cord injuries,” David Templeton spoke with Michael Fraser, a patient in the trial, Dr. Michael C. Munin, a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPMC) professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation and principal investigator of the trial, and Dr. Stephen Huhn, Vice President of Clinical Research and Chief Medical Officer at StemCells, Inc.

The full article can be found here:
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2016/02/26/UPMC-s-clincial-trial-showing-promise-with-spinal-cord-injuries.

About the Pathway Spinal Cord Injury Clinical Trial

The Phase II Pathway Study, titled “Study of Human Central Nervous System (CNS) Stem Cell Transplantation in Cervical Spinal Cord Injury,” will evaluate the safety and efficacy of transplanting the Company’s proprietary human neural stem cells (HuCNS-SC® cells) into patients with traumatic injury in the cervical region of the spinal cord. Conducted as a randomized, controlled, single-blinded study, the trial will measure efficacy by assessing motor function according to the International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury (ISNCSCI). The primary efficacy outcome will focus on change in upper extremity strength as measured in the hands, arms and shoulders. The trial will enroll approximately 52 subjects in three cohorts. Enrollment in the first cohort of six subjects has been completed. The Company is actively enrolling 40 patients in cohort II.

Information about the Company’s spinal cord injury program can be found on the Company’s, Inc. website at:

http://www.stemcellsinc.com/Clinical-Programs/SCI

Information on the Company’s pre-clinical spinal cord injury research, along with an animation on the science of HuCNS-SC cells for the treatment of spinal cord injuries, can be found at:

http://www.stemcellsinc.com/Science/Pre-Clinical-Studies/About-SCI

Information for patients interested in participating in the study is available at the Pathway website at:

http://www.sciresearchstudy.com

Additional information about the clinical trial is available at:

http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02163876

About HuCNS-SC Cells

StemCells, Inc. has demonstrated human safety data from completed and ongoing clinical studies in which its proprietary HuCNS-SC cells have been transplanted directly into all three components of the central nervous system: the brain, the spinal cord and the eye. StemCells, Inc. clinicians and scientists believe that HuCNS-SC cells may have broad therapeutic application for many diseases and disorders of the CNS. Because the transplanted HuCNS-SC cells have been shown to engraft and survive long-term, there is the possibility of a durable clinical effect following a single transplantation. The HuCNS-SC platform technology is a highly purified composition of human neural stem cells (tissue-derived or “adult” stem cells). Manufactured under cGMP standards, the Company’s HuCNS-SC cells are purified, expanded in culture, cryopreserved, and then stored as banks of cells, ready to be made into individual patient doses when needed.

About StemCells, Inc.

StemCells, Inc. is currently engaged in clinical development of its HuCNS-SC platform technology (purified human neural stem cells) as a potential treatment for chronic spinal cord injury (SCI). The Company's Pathway Study, a Phase II proof-of-concept trial in cervical SCI is actively enrolling at twelve sites. Six-month interim data for the first cohort of the Pathway Study showed the first-ever clinical evidence of a treatment effect improving both muscle strength and motor function following cellular transplant in spinal cord injury. Top-line data from the Company's Phase I/II clinical trial in thoracic SCI showed measurable gains involving multiple sensory modalities and segments, including the conversion of two of seven patients enrolled in the study with complete injuries to incomplete injuries, post-transplant. The Company has also completed its Phase I/II clinical trial in geographic atrophy dry age related macular degeneration. Top-line results from this study show a positive safety profile and favorable preliminary efficacy data. In a Phase I clinical trial in Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD), a fatal myelination disorder in children, the Company showed preliminary evidence of progressive and durable donor-derived myelination by MRI.

Further information about StemCells, Inc. is available at http://www.stemcellsinc.com.

Apart from statements of historical fact, the text of this press release constitutes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. securities laws, and is subject to the safe harbors created therein. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the future business operations of StemCells, Inc. (the "Company"); statements regarding the Company’s planned leadership transition; statements about Mr. McGlynn’s future plans; statements about the Company’s plans for its program in spinal cord injury; and statements about and the prospect for continued clinical development of the Company's HuCNS-SC cells in CNS disorders. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. The Company does not undertake to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date hereof. Such statements reflect management's current views and are based on certain assumptions that may or may not ultimately prove valid. The Company's actual results may vary materially from those contemplated in such forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties to which the Company is subject, including those described under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and in its subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K

CONTACT: Greg Schiffman, Chief Financial Officer StemCells, Inc. (510) 456-4128 Lena Evans Russo Partners (212) 845-4262

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