Source: Capstone Therapeutics

Capstone Therapeutics Announces Second Quarter 2009 Financial Results

TEMPE, Ariz., Aug. 12, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capstone Therapeutics (Nasdaq:CAPS), trade name of OrthoLogic Corp. (the "Company"), today announced financial results for the second quarter 2009.

The Company reported a net loss of $3.1 million, or $0.08 per share, for the second quarter 2009, compared to a net loss of $2.8 million or $0.07 per share for the second quarter 2008.

The Company incurred a net loss in the six months ended June 30, 2009 of $7.3 million compared to a net loss of $5.4 million in the same period in 2008. The $1.9 million increase in net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2009 compared to the same period in 2008 resulted primarily from an increase in AZX100 clinical trial activity, purchases of peptide for pre-clinical studies, and reduced interest income due to the decrease in interest rates earned on investments between the two periods and reduction in the amount available for investment.

The Company ended the second quarter of 2009 with $41.1 million in cash and investments.

Conference Call Information

Management will host a conference call and webcast presenting second quarter 2009 operating results on August 12, 2009 at 4:30pm EDT / 3:30pm CDT / 1:30pm PDT. The call may be accessed at 888-215-6825 (domestic), (++)913-312-0979 (international); accompanying slides can be viewed by logging onto the Investors section of the Company's website. A replay will be available beginning August 12, 2009 at 7:30pm EDT until midnight August 15, 2009 and may be accessed at 888-203-1112 (domestic) or 719-457-0820 (international) with replay passcode 1648832.

About Capstone Therapeutics

Capstone Therapeutics (trade name of OrthoLogic Corp.) is a biotechnology company committed to developing a pipeline of novel therapeutic peptides aimed at helping patients with under-served medical conditions. The Company is focused on development and commercialization of two product platforms: AZX100 and Chrysalin(r) (rusalatide acetate or TP508).

AZX100 is a novel synthetic 24-amino acid peptide, one of a new class of compounds with effects on both smooth muscle relaxation and fibrosis. Based on its demonstrated effects in pre-clinical models and safety in clinical trials, AZX100 is currently being evaluated for commercially significant medical applications such as the prevention or reduction of hypertrophic and keloid scarring, treatment of pulmonary fibrosis and intimal hyperplasia. Capstone has an exclusive worldwide license to AZX100.

Chrysalin, the Company's novel synthetic 23-amino acid peptide, has been proven in multiple pre-clinical and clinical models to stimulate cellular events leading to angiogenesis, revascularization, and repair of dermal and musculoskeletal tissues. It is currently being evaluated in disorders that involve vascular endothelial dysfunction, such as acute myocardial infarction and chronic myocardial ischemia. The Company owns exclusive worldwide rights to Chrysalin.

Capstone's corporate headquarters are in Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A. For more information, please visit the Company's website: www.capstonethx.com.

The Capstone Therapeutics logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=5429

Statements in this press release or otherwise attributable to Capstone regarding our business that are not historical facts are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements, which include the timing and acceptability of FDA filings and the efficacy and marketability of potential products, involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from predicted results. These risks include: delays in obtaining or inability to obtain FDA, institutional review board or other regulatory approvals of pre-clinical or clinical testing; unfavorable outcomes in our pre-clinical and clinical testing; the development by others of competing technologies and therapeutics that may have greater efficacy or lower cost; delays in obtaining or inability to obtain FDA or other necessary regulatory approval of our products; our inability to successfully and cost effectively develop or outsource manufacturing and marketing of any products we are able to bring to market; changes in FDA or other regulations that affect our ability to obtain regulatory approval of our products, increase our manufacturing costs or limit our ability to market our product; effects on our stock price and liquidity if we are unable to meet the requirements for continued listing on the NASDAQ Global Market; our need for additional capital in the future to fund the continued development of our product candidates; and other factors discussed in our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, and other documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Editor's Note: This press release is also available under the Investors section of the Company's website at www.capstonethx.com.



                              ORTHOLOGIC CORP.
                        (dba Capstone Therapeutics)
                        (A Development Stage Company)
                           CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
                      (in thousands, except share data)


                                                 June 30,   December 31,
                                                   2009         2008
                                                ----------   ----------
                                                (Unaudited)
 ASSETS
 Current assets
  Cash and cash equivalents                     $   14,731   $   23,088
  Short-term investments                            26,347       22,675
  Prepaids and other current assets                    835        1,094
                                                ----------   ----------

   Total current assets                             41,913       46,857

 Furniture and equipment, net                          376          436
 Long-term investments                                  --        2,221
                                                ----------   ----------

   Total assets                                 $   42,289   $   49,514
                                                ==========   ==========

 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 Current liabilities
  Accounts payable                              $      995   $    1,063
  Accrued compensation                                 442          648
  Other accrued liabilities                            416          281
                                                ----------   ----------
   Total current liabilities                         1,853        1,992

 Stockholders' Equity
 Common Stock  $.0005 par value;
  100,000,000 shares authorized; 40,775,411
   in 2009 and 40,775,411 in 2008 shares
   issued and outstanding                               20           20
 Additional paid-in capital                        188,492      188,314
 Accumulated deficit                              (148,076)    (140,812)
                                                ----------   ----------
   Total stockholders' equity                       40,436       47,522
                                                ----------   ----------

   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $   42,289   $   49,514
                                                ==========   ==========


                           OrthoLogic Corp.
                     (dba Capstone Therapeutics)
                    (A Development Stage Company)
                 CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                (in thousands, except per share data)
                              (Unaudited)

                                                                As a
                                                             Development
                      Three months ended   Six months ended    Stage
                           June 30,            June 30,       Company
                      ------------------  ------------------  August 5,
                                                               2004 -
                                                               June 30,
                        2009      2008      2009      2008      2009
                      --------  --------  --------  --------  --------

 OPERATING EXPENSES
  General and
   administrative     $    761  $    742  $  1,568  $  1,563  $ 21,643
  Research and
   development           2,579     2,586     6,187     5,028    79,706
  Purchased
   in-process
   research and
   development              --        --        --        --    34,311
  Other                     --        --        --        --      (375)
                      --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
   Total operating
    expenses             3,340     3,328     7,755     6,591   135,285


  Interest and other
   income, net            (224)     (565)     (491)   (1,171)  (13,125)
                      --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
   Loss from
    continuing
    operations           3,116     2,763     7,264     5,420   122,160
  Income tax benefit        --        --        --        --        (7)
                      --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
   Loss from
    continuing
    operations           3,116     2,763     7,264     5,420   122,153
 Discontinued
  operations - net
  gain on sale of
  the bone device
  business, net of
  taxes of $267             --        --        --        --    (2,202)
                      --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
 NET LOSS             $  3,116  $  2,763  $  7,264  $  5,420  $119,951
                      ========  ========  ========  ========  ========
 Per Share
  Information:
  Net loss, basic
   and diluted        $   0.08  $   0.07  $   0.18  $   0.13
                      ========  ========  ========  ========
 Basic and diluted
  shares outstanding    40,775    41,186    40,775    41,415
                      ========  ========  ========  ========
Capstone Therapeutics
Investor Relations
Karen Struck 
(602) 286-5250
kstruck@capstonethx.com

The Trout Group
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(415) 392-3310
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