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BioLife Solutions Completes Safety Studies on HypoThermosol(R) and CryoStor(TM)
Date:12/16/2008

Additional Safety Data Could Drive Product Adoption in High-Growth Cell Therapy Market

BOTHELL, Wash., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --BioLife Solutions, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BLFS), a leading developer and marketer of proprietary cGMP hypothermic storage and cryopreservation media products for cells, tissues, and organs, today announced that it has completed an initial series of small animal safety studies at the Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on its biopreservation media products, HypoThermosol and CryoStor.

The effort, titled, "A Preclinical Safety Study of Intravenous Injection of Biopreservation Solutions as a Vehicle for Cellular Products," evaluated injections of HypoThermosol, CryoStor, or control phosphate buffered saline (PBS) into healthy rodents. The study was designed to mimic human clinical applications where stem cells isolated from cord or peripheral blood are re-suspended in a carrier solution and administered intravenously to treat patients suffering from a variety of diseases and disorders including leukemia, anemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other cancers.

The results of these studies demonstrate that infusion of HypoThermosol and CryoStor present no safety risk within the parameters of this two-stage evaluation in a rodent model. No toxic deaths were noted in either Stage 1 or 2 at infusion or in the 7 day follow-up. Stage 1 involved infusion of carrier solutions alone with no cells, while Stage 2 evaluated freshly isolated umbilical cord blood-derived stem cells re-suspended in the various carrier solutions. Blood chemistries and organ pathologies were also evaluated, with no abnormalities found.

Mike Rice, chairman and CEO of BioLife stated, "In collaborating on the study design with leading clinicians at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, we intentionally selected injection volumes and cell concentrations that sign
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