Mesoblast Named 2016 Cell Therapy Company of the Year at Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Best Practices Awards

NEW YORK and MELBOURNE, Australia, Oct. 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mesoblast Limited (Nasdaq:MESO) (ASX:MSB) today announced that it received the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific 2016 Cell Therapy Company of the Year Award. The Frost & Sullivan Awards identify and honor the best-in-class companies that have demonstrated excellence in their industry.

According to Rhenu Bhuller, Senior Vice President & Partner, Transformational Health, Frost & Sullivan, Mesoblast’s strong overall performance and its achievements throughout the last financial year had earned the 2016 award.

“This award recognizes Mesoblast's global achievements and its focus on clinical development of innovative cellular medicines in under-served therapy areas such as cardiovascular and degenerative diseases," she said.

"Cell therapy will revolutionize how patients will be medicated in the future in areas with high unmet need such as cardiovascular and oncology among others. An increasing number of late-stage hybrid therapies such as cell-gene or stem cell-gene therapies are promising and can hit the mainstream market, which Frost & Sullivan projects to reach US$10 billion by 2020."

The selection of this award was based on interviews, primary market analysis and extensive secondary research conducted by Frost & Sullivan's industry analyst team. Key criteria used were visionary innovation and performance; addressing unmet needs; visionary scenarios through mega trends; implementation of best practices; blue ocean strategy; impact; price/performance value and brand equity. The Award is made to the company that received the number one industry rank.

Previously, the Mesoblast Group received the 2009 Frost & Sullivan North America Emerging Company Award in the Soft Tissue Repair Market, and the 2008 Frost & Sullivan United States Stem Cell Market Technology Innovation of the Year.

About Frost & Sullivan
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Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognize companies throughout a range of regional and global markets for superior leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Frost & Sullivan's industry analyst team benchmarks market participants and measures their performance through independent, primary interviews, and secondary industry research in order to evaluate and identify best practices.

About Mesoblast
Mesoblast Limited (Nasdaq:MESO) (ASX:MSB) is a global leader in developing innovative cell-based medicines. The Company has leveraged its proprietary technology platform, which is based on specialized cells known as mesenchymal lineage adult stem cells, to establish a broad portfolio of late-stage product candidates. Mesoblast’s allogeneic, ‘off-the-shelf’ cell product candidates target advanced stages of diseases with high, unmet medical needs including cardiovascular diseases, immune-mediated and inflammatory disorders, orthopedic disorders, and oncologic/hematologic conditions.

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For further information, please contact: Julie Meldrum Corporate Communications, Mesoblast T: +61 3 9639 6036 E: julie.meldrum@mesoblast.com Schond Greenway Investor Relations, Mesoblast T: +1 212 880 2060 E: schond.greenway@mesoblast.com

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