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ViaCyte Names Michael Scott Vice President, Device Research & Development
Date:6/15/2011

nt, in vivo studies, and the product development pipeline.  He found the early-stage entrepreneurial environment at Orqis to be professionally rewarding and this experience will transfer to his work at ViaCyte.  Dr. Scott was educated in Canada, earning a Ph.D. in medical biophysics from the University of Western Ontario, and a B.A.Sc. and an M.A.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

"ViaCyte presents a tremendous opportunity to address an unmet need in diabetes," said Dr. Scott.  "I'm excited to be part of a team widely recognized for its scientific leadership in this area, and I look forward to applying my implantable device experience toward this worldwide medical problem."

About ViaCyte

ViaCyte is a preclinical cell therapy company focused on diabetes.  The Company's technology is based on pancreatic beta cell progenitors derived from human pluripotent stem cells.  These cells are implanted using a durable and retrievable encapsulation device.  Once implanted and matured, these cells secrete insulin in response to blood glucose levels.  ViaCyte's goal is long term insulin independence without immune suppression, and without hypoglycemia and other diabetes-related complications.

ViaCyte is a private company headquartered in San Diego, California, with additional operations in Athens, Georgia.  The Company is funded in part by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.


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