Cellular Biomedicine Group Announces Appointment of Ant Financial Vice President, Gang Ji, to the Board of Directors

SHANGHAI, China and CUPERTINO, Calif., Nov. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cellular Biomedicine Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CBMG) (“CBMG” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biomedicine firm engaged in the development of effective immunotherapies for cancer and stem cell therapies for degenerative diseases, today announced the appointment of Gang Ji as a Director of the Board and the transfer of Guotong Xu, M.D., Ph.D from Director of the Board to the Scientific Advisory Board, effective November 11, 2016. Mr. Ji will join the Compensation Committee.

“We are delighted to welcome Gang Ji to the CBMG board. Mr. Ji is an energetic and seasoned executive with over sixteen years of experience in the global investment and internet technology sectors. He currently serves as Vice President for Ant Financial, a notable global financial technology leader, having previously transitioned from Alibaba Group where he served as Vice President responsible for strategic investments,” said Terry A. Belmont, Chairman of the Board of CBMG. “His breadth of experience in financial services, investments and high-growth industries will add powerful capabilities to our Board. We are confident that his strategic insights and financial acumen, as well as his extensive relationships with venture capital, private equity and large institutional investors, can bolster resources for the Company’s dual technology platforms targeting unmet needs in the treatment of cancerous and degenerative diseases.”

Guotong Xu, M.D., Ph.D, who has served on the Board of Directors since November 2014, will transition to serve on the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board to lead the continued efforts of CBMG’s stem cell platforms. Dr. Xu’s regenerative medicine expertise will help advance CBMG’s multiple ongoing research programs and pipeline of therapies.

“I am delighted to join the Board of Cellular Biomedicine Group and believe that the Company’s robust and vigorous manufacturing capabilities, R&D and scientific leadership well positions CBMG to develop meaningful solutions for cancer and degenerative diseases affecting so many families in China,” commented Mr. Ji.

About Gang Ji
Mr. Ji joined Ant Financial in January 2016 as Vice President. Mr. Ji is responsible for the global strategic investments for Ant Financial and has sixteen years of experience in investment and more than eight years of experience in the internet industry. Before joining Ant Financial, he served Alibaba Group as Vice President, where he was responsible for strategic investment for seven years. Prior to Alibaba, Mr. Ji worked for several venture capital funds and was an auditor of KPMG. He is a director of the publicly listed company Asia Game Technology Ltd (HKEX:8279) as well as several private technology companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international business management from University of International Business and Economics (Beijing).

About Cellular Biomedicine Group
Cellular Biomedicine Group, Inc. develops proprietary cell therapies for the treatment of certain degenerative and cancerous diseases. Our developmental stem cell and Immuno-Oncology projects are the result of research and development by scientists and doctors from China and the United States. Our GMP facilities in China, consisting of twelve independent cell production lines, are designed, certified and managed according to U.S. standards. To learn more about CBMG, please visit: www.cellbiomedgroup.com

Forward-Looking Statements
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Contacts: Sarah Kelly Director of Corporate Communications, CBMG +1 408-973-7884 sarah.kelly@cellbiomedgroup.com Vivian Chen Managing Director Investor Relations, Grayling +1 347 481-3711 vivian.chen@grayling.com

Source:Cellular Biomedicine Group Inc.