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Senior Management of NeoStem and Its Subsidiaries Invited to Speak at Seventh International Conference on Cell Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease
Date:1/23/2012

NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NeoStem, Inc. (NYSE Amex: NBS) ("NeoStem" or the "Company"), an international biopharmaceutical company with a focus on cell-based therapeutic development, today announced that its Chief Medical Officer, the lead investigator for its PreSERVE Phase 2 clinical trial for AMR-001 for preservation of heart function in post acute myocardial infarction patients, and the President of its subsidiary, Progenitor Cell Therapy, LLC, have been invited to present at the Seventh International Conference on Cell Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease held from January 25-27, 2012 in New York City. The event is being organized by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and will be held at the Myrna L. Daniels Auditorium in the Vivien and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center at NYPH/Columbia University Medical Center.

According to the conference, the program will be dedicated to the evolving field of cell-based therapies being developed for the repair and regeneration of cardiac and vascular disease, as well as related diseases such as diabetes and stroke. This year's conference will focus on preclinical and clinical studies on the path to commercialization, highlighting the status of molecular, cell, and tissue products in addition to delivery systems. Leaders from the international community will convene to present their work, experiences, observations, and opinions on the benefits and unmet challenges of cell-based therapies.

  • At 4:30 PM on Wednesday, January 25, Andrew L. Pecora, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer of NeoStem, will speak on an industry session entitled "Focus on Acute Injury Technologies."
  • At 9:20 AM on Thursday, January 26, Arshed A. Quyyumi, MD, FRCP, FACC, principal investigator of the PreSERVE AMI Phase 2 trial and Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at Emory University, will speak on a panel entitled "Early and Next Phase Studies" within a session entitled "Acute Injury: STEMI and NSTEMI".
  • From 7:30 to 8:30 AM on Friday, January 27, Robert A. Preti, PhD, President of Progenitor Cell Therapy will speak as part of Industry Session III entitled "Focus on Procedure, Systems Management, and Advanced Technologies."
  • Dr. Pecora said, "As a presenter at the first industry session, I look forward to informing industry leaders about the PreSERVE Phase 2 clinical trial for AMI which is now open for enrollment and may provide data readout 18 months from the first patient enrollment, as well as discussing the recent patent issued to use the Amorcyte technology beyond cardiovascular disease." 

    Dr. Robin L. Smith, Chairman and CEO of NeoStem, said, "This conference represents validation that the development of cell therapies for diseases outside of bone marrow transplantation is progressing as represented by their current clinical data. Our acquisition of Amorcyte last year has positioned NeoStem to be a leader in the cell therapy cardiovascular space. We are excited to be a part of the developing science represented by this important conference and share our expertise represented by the progress with Amorcyte and our capabilities to assist the field with the manufacturing services of PCT."

    About the Cardiovascular Research Foundation According to the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, their role in interventional cardiovascular medicine is unique: conducting research on therapies, pharmacology, and devices during the earliest stages of development, confirming safety and efficacy in human clinical trials, and educating the medical community regarding appropriate use of these new procedures and technologies. By providing research, evaluation, and education under one roof, CRF has a unique ability to generate important research questions, test and refine groundbreaking new therapies, and ensure that these treatments are available to patients at the earliest opportunity. For more information, please visit www.celltherapy.crf.org.

    About NeoStem, Inc. and Amorcyte, LLC, a NeoStem companyNeoStem, Inc. ("NeoStem") is a leader in the development and manufacture of cell therapies. NeoStem has a strategic combination of revenues, including that which is derived from the contract manufacturing services performed by Progenitor Cell Therapy, LLC, a NeoStem company. That manufacturing base is one of the few cGMP facilities available for contracting in the burgeoning cell therapy industry, and it is the combination of PCT's core expertise in manufacturing and NeoStem's extensive research capabilities that positions the company as a leader in cell therapy development. Amorcyte, LLC, also a NeoStem company, is developing a cell therapy for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Amorcyte's lead compound, AMR-001, represents NeoStem's most clinically advanced therapeutic and is open for enrollment in a Phase 2 trial for the preservation of heart function after a heart attack.  Amorcyte expects to begin a Phase 1 clinical trial in 2012 for AMR-001 for the treatment of patients with congestive heart failure. Athelos Corporation, also a NeoStem company, is developing a T-cell therapy for a range of autoimmune conditions with our partner Becton-Dickinson.  NeoStem's pre-clinical assets include its VSEL™ Technology platform for regenerative medicine, which NeoStem believes to be an endogenous, pluripotent, non-embryonic stem cell that has the potential to change the paradigm of cell therapy as we know it today.

    For more information on NeoStem and Amorcyte, please visit www.neostem.com and www.amorcyte.com.

    Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements reflect management's current expectations, as of the date of this press release, and involve certain risks and uncertainties. Forward looking statements include statements herein with respect to the successful execution of the Company's business and medical strategy, including with respect to the successful development of AMR-001 and other cell therapies, about which no assurance can be given. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward- looking statements as a result of various factors. Factors that could cause future results to materially differ from the recent results or those projected in forward-looking statements include the "Risk Factors" described in the Company's definitive proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 16, 2011 and in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company's further development is highly dependent on future medical and research developments and market acceptance, which is outside its control.For more information, please contact:

      

     Trout Group

    NeoStem, Inc. Gitanjali Jain Ogawa, Vice President

    Robin Smith, CEO Phone: +1-646-378-2949

    Phone: +1-212-584-4174 Email: gogawa@troutgroup.com  

    Email: rsmith@neostem.com  


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