StemCells, Inc. to Present at Phacilitate Cell & Gene Therapy Forum

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NEWARK, Calif., Jan. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StemCells, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEM) announced today that Ann Tsukamoto, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Research and Development, will make a presentation on the Company's clinical development programs at the Phacilitate Cell & Gene Therapy Forum to be held January 28-30, in Washington, DC. Dr. Tsukamoto is scheduled to speak at 12:25 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 30, as part of the session on "Clinical development updates from leading cell and gene therapy product candidates in the clinic for CNS indications."

The Phacilitate Cell & Gene Therapy Forum is a preeminent industry-led meeting designed to help advance regulatory, manufacturing, R&D and commercial strategies and drive cell and gene therapy products forward. The Forum enables executives from global cell therapy, gene therapy and tissue engineering companies, representatives of big pharma and big biotech, regulators and regulatory experts, and public and private investors to meet and share information on the leading edge of the regenerative medicine sector.

About StemCells, Inc.

StemCells, Inc. is engaged in the research, development, and commercialization of cell-based therapeutics and tools for use in stem cell-based research and drug discovery. The Company's lead therapeutic product candidate, HuCNS-SC® cells (purified human neural stem cells), is currently in development as a potential treatment for a broad range of central nervous system disorders. In a Phase I clinical trial in Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD), a fatal myelination disorder in children, the Company has shown preliminary evidence of progressive and durable donor-derived myelination in all four patients transplanted with HuCNS-SC cells. The Company is conducting a Phase I/II clinical trial in chronic spinal cord injury in Switzerland and recently reported positive interim data for the first patient cohort. The Company is also conducting a Phase I/II clinical trial in dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and is pursuing preclinical studies in Alzheimer's disease. StemCells also markets stem cell research products, including media and reagents, under the SC Proven® brand. Further information about StemCells is available at http://www.stemcellsinc.com.

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Apart from statements of historical fact, the text of this press release constitutes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. securities laws, and is subject to the safe harbors created therein. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the clinical development of its HuCNS-SC cells; the Company's ability to commercialize drug discovery and drug development tools; and the future business operations of the Company. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. The Company does not undertake to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date hereof. Such statements reflect management's current views and are based on certain assumptions that may or may not ultimately prove valid. The Company's actual results may vary materially from those contemplated in such forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties to which the Company is subject, including those described under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and in its subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K.

Rodney Young
StemCells, Inc.
Chief Financial Officer
(510) 456-4128

Ian Stone
Russo Partners
(619) 308-6541