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Carmell Therapeutics Completes Series A Financing to Advance the Development of Novel Bioactive Plastics

PITTSBURGH, April 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Carmell Therapeutics, a company that manufactures novel blood plasma-based biomaterials that accelerate the repair of injured tissues, has closed on a Series A financing it will use to establish a pilot manufacturing facility and collect data for early clinical validation for the Company's first products.

The round was led by Harbor Light Capital Partners, a private investment firm that invests in early and growth stage companies located in the United States. Additional investors in the financing include; Newlin Investment Company, the PLSG Accelerator Fund, LLC, Innovation Works, Ariel Savannah Angels, Blue Tree Allied Angels as well as individual investors.

"This financing establishes a national investor base to support the important work we are doing to develop products to treat injuries to joints and connective tissues," said Carmell Therapeutics President and CEO Alan West. "We're pleased to welcome Harbor Light Capital Partners, Newlin Investment Company, Ariel Savannah Angels, Blue Tree Allied Angels and several western Pennsylvania investment leaders in supporting Carmell and the development of our exciting new products made from blood plasma (Platelet Rich Plasma)."

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is receiving widespread clinical use to augment the healing of soft & hard tissue injuries because of the concentration of natural growth factors that occur in platelets.  Carmell's novel materials incorporate both platelet and plasma-derived regenerative factors and are sterile, ready-to-use, easy to handle, shape and suture and exhibit mechanical properties designed to match the repaired tissue.  Carmell's first products include a surgical scaffold for tendon repair and a bone putty form of these plasma-based biomaterials.  Both products address the compelling clinical need for an effective and inexpensive product that accelerates healing.

"Newlin Investment Company believes that the opportunity for innovation in healthcare has never been greater and western Pennsylvania is ripe with investment opportunities," says Bill Newlin, Chairman of Newlin Investment Company. Mr. Newlin continues, "Carmell is a start-up company with a superior technology and a team with the vision and ability to deliver on a huge opportunity. I have a personal commitment to the cultivation of regional innovation and talent and look forward to the continued growth and success of this promising company."

About Carmell Therapeutics Corporation

Carmell Therapeutics manufactures novel biomaterials from blood plasma containing a concentration of natural growth and regenerative factors to accelerate the repair of injured tissues. Representing an exciting new paradigm in tissue repair, these natural wound healing catalysts retain the bioactivity of platelet and plasma-derived growth factors and have been shown to encourage the healing of both soft (tendon) and hard (bone) tissues. Carmell is focused on developing products to treat injuries to connective tissues (bone, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage), offering accelerated healing and better clinical outcomes.

About Harbor Light Capital Partners

Harbor Light Capital Partners is a private investment firm seeking to invest in early and growth stage companies. Their unique approach combines flexible capital and collaborative support to build successful, sustainable operating companies. Harbor Light's legacy, values, and experience provide the guiding light for superior results.  

About Newlin Investment Company

Newlin Investment Company is a longer-term investor focusing on building value by working collaboratively with management to create substantial value for the company and the fund. Newlin is an active early stage and growth stage investor. In the past year, Newlin has invested in four Carnegie Mellon University spinoffs.

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