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ALS Therapy Development Institute and California Stem Cell, Inc. Announce Long-Term Scientific Collaboration
Date:7/29/2008

ble disease," said Chris Airriess, chief operating officer for California Stem Cell, Inc.

California Stem Cell recently presented the findings from the two groups' previous collaboration during the International Society for Stem Cell Research annual meeting June 11th in Philadelphia. In that experiment, the two groups worked together to design and execute experiments aimed at transplanting high purity motor neurons developed and manufactured by CSC, into the spinal cords of mice with neuronal loss at ALS TDI.

The collaborations between ALS TDI and CSC are funded in part through a major, three-year, $18 million funding and scientific partnership ALS TDI entered into at the beginning of 2007 with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and its Augie's Quest Initiative.

About the ALS Therapy Development Institute

The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) (http://www.als.net), based in Cambridge, Mass., operates the world's largest research and development program focused exclusively on ALS. At ALS TDI, a staff of over 30 scientists and research technicians work on behalf of ALS patients to discover and advance novel therapeutics for treating and ultimately curing ALS. The nonprofit biotechnology institute excels in identifying novel disease targets, discovering compounds that may act against these targets, and screening potential treatments for clinical development.

About Augie's Quest

Fitness pioneer Augie Nieto started Augie's Quest (http://www.augiesquest.org) in conjunction with MDA's ALS Division. Nieto is co-founder and former president of Life Fitness of Chicago, and chairman of Octane Fitness. He and his wife, Lynne, serve as co-chairpersons of MDA's ALS Division. Nieto received a diagnosis of ALS in March 2005.

About MDA

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