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Cesca Therapeutics Appoints Vascular Surgery Expert Lars Norgren, M.D., Ph.D., to its Clinical Advisory Board

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., March 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cesca Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:KOOL), an autologous cell-based regenerative medicine company, today announced that Dr. Lars Norgren, MD, Ph.D has joined its Clinical Advisory Board.

Having authored over 500 research publications, Dr. Norgren is an internationally renowned authority on peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and vascular and endovascular surgery, including critical limb ischemia (CLI). He is currently Emeritus Professor at Örebro University, Sweden, and serves as a Steering Committee member on multiple clinical trials. He is also co-director of the Inter-Society Consensus for the Management of PAD projects. Dr. Norgren obtained his M.D. at the Karolinska Institute and Ph.D. at Lund University, before serving as Professor of Surgery at Trondheim and Professor (adjunct) of Surgery at Lund University. He was named Professor and Chair of Surgery at University Hospital Örebro in 2004, where he served until 2010. From 2008-2011, Dr. Norgren served as Director of Research and Member of the Hospital Board at Örebro University. Dr. Norgren will serve as a consultant to Cesca Therapeutics as the Company develops its program for autologous, point-of-care cell therapies focused on the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Cesca is currently preparing to initiate a U.S. pivotal trial evaluating its SurgWerks™ with VXP platform for the treatment of CLI patients.

“We are delighted that Dr. Norgren has agreed to join our advisory board,” said Cesca Therapeutics’ CEO Robin Stracey. “He will be a valuable resource and will add considerable depth to our clinical team.”

Dr. Norgren added, “It is a pleasure to contribute to the development of clinical therapies such as Cesca’s for the critical unmet needs of vascular degenerative disease, including CLI.”

Critical limb ischemia is an advanced stage of peripheral artery disease that results in an estimated 70,000 major limb amputations in the U.S. every year. Key contributors to the incidence of CLI are diabetes, obesity and smoking.

About Cesca Therapeutics Inc.

Cesca Therapeutics Inc. (www.cescatherapeutics.com) 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:

The SurgWerksTM with VXP Platform - proprietary, indication-specific stem cell therapy kits and associated devices, for use at the point-of-care in treating vascular and orthopedic diseases.

The CellWerksTM Platform - a proprietary stem cell laboratory system for processing target cells used in the treatments of oncological and hematological disorders.

The AutoXpress® Platform (AXP®) - a proprietary automated device that includes companion sterile blood processing disposables for harvesting stem cells from cord blood.

The MarrowXpress® Platform (MXP®), a derivative product of the AXP and its accompanying disposable bag set, for the isolation and concentration of stem cells from bone marrow.

The BioArchive® System, an automated cryogenic device used by cord blood banks for the cryopreservation and storage of cord blood stem cell specimens for future use in approved regenerative medicine procedures.

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