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BioLife Solutions Presents Data on CryoStor at International,Society for Cellular Therapy Annual Meeting

Independent Study Indicates 20-50% Improvement in Post-Preservation Functional Recovery of Peripheral Blood Stem Cells for Cancer Therapy

BOTHELL, Wash., June 25, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BioLife Solutions Inc. , a leading developer and marketer of proprietary hypothermic storage and cryopreservation media products for cells, tissues, and organs, today presented data from an independent study of its CryoStor family of cryopreservation media at the annual meeting of the International Society for Cellular Therapy in Sydney, Australia.

The presentation by BioLife scientists summarized the results of a recent study conducted by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) and the University of Washington. BioLife's CryoStor preservation media was compared with a DMSO/HSA media formulation, currently considered the "gold standard" for cryopreservation of peripheral blood stem cells. Peripheral blood stem cells are the most common source of stem cells for transplantation to treat various blood disorders such as leukemia.

Highlighted metrics evaluated in the study included Colony Forming Units (CFU), a key indicator of the functional ability of cells to divide and replicate following cryopreservation, and total CD34+ cell recovery, a key marker of a subpopulation of undifferentiated progenitor cells that are of critical interest to researchers focused on hematopoietic cell therapies. The results of the study showed that BioLife's CryoStor technology platform produced a 20-50% relative improvement across these key parameters in comparison to the 10% DMSO standard preservation media utilized at FHCRC.

Shelly Heimfeld, director of the cellular therapy laboratory at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, commented: "We were impressed by how much better the CryoStor patented media formulations improved the post-preservation recovery of CD34+ and colony-forming cells. We
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