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Fate Therapeutics Granted Exclusive License for Stem Cell Modulators by Children's Hospital Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital
Date:5/15/2009

LA JOLLA, Calif., May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Fate Therapeutics, Inc. announced today that it has acquired exclusive intellectual property rights jointly owned by Children's Hospital Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital. This intellectual property covers compositions and methods for supporting hematopoietic stem cells. These proprietary technologies developed by Leonard Zon, M.D., director of the Stem Cell Program at Children's Hospital Boston and a scientific founder of Fate Therapeutics, expand the Company's broad intellectual property portfolio for modulating the activity and state of stem cells. Fate Therapeutics is utilizing its adult stem cell biology engine and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell technology platform to develop Stem Cell Modulators (SCMs) - small molecules and biologics that guide cell fate for therapeutic purposes.

"Over the past two years, Fate Therapeutics has amassed extensive intellectual property assets as a foundation for our adult stem cell biology engine," said Paul Grayson, president and CEO of Fate Therapeutics. "The agreement we signed today with Children's Hospital and the technologies associated with it continue to expand our engine and accelerate the Company's core mission to develop small molecules and biologics that modulate adult stem cells for regenerative medicine."

The exclusive rights acquired today will be incorporated into Fate Therapeutics' growing adult stem cell biology engine, which also includes exclusive rights to the pioneering work of the Company's scientific founders and other leaders in the field. Adult stem cells are naturally-occurring cells found in almost all tissues or organs in the body and are primarily responsible for maintaining and repairing their native tissue. An adult stem cell has unique properties
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