SAN DIEGO, Oct. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Medistem, Inc. (Pink Sheets: MEDS), announced today that it filed patent application #61/885909 covering immune modulatory aspects of ERC-124, the Company's clinical-stage stem cell product.

The provisional patent titled, "TOLEROGENIC USES OF ENDOMETRIAL REGENERATIVE CELLS", was invented by Thomas Ichim, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Medistem, and Hugh Taylor, M.D., Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University and a member of the Company's Scientific Advisory Board.

The patent application includes data that defines the mechanism by which ERC-124 therapy prevented Type 1 Diabetes and other autoimmune conditions in animal models. Specifically, the animal study demonstrated that ERC-124 activates T regulatory cells, a cell type known to block autoimmunity by controlling pathological autoreactive T cells.

"The ERC-124 product has been cleared by the FDA for clinical trials in another indication and we are optimistic about the potential of clinically developing our product as a therapy to treat conditions in the field of autoimmunity," said Alan Lewis, Ph.D., the Company's Chief Executive Officer.

Medistem has been active in the area of autoimmune diseases, with the first human use of ERC-124 being reported in 4 patients with multiple sclerosis (link to publication

"The data filed as part of the patent application is further validated by results published from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which demonstrated that the Company's ERC-124 product is superior to other types of stem cells in modulating the immune system," said Dr. Ichim (link to publication

About Medistem, Inc.

Medistem, Inc., is developing ERC-124, a universal stem cell product derived from the endometrium. ERC-124 possesses specialized abilities to stimulate new blood vessel formation and can differentiate into lung, liver, heart, brain, bone, cartilage, fat and pancreatic tissue. These unique properties have applications for treatment of critical limb ischemia (CLI), congestive heart failure (CHF), neurodegenerative diseases, liver failure, kidney failure, and diabetes. ERC-124 has been cleared by the FDA to begin a CLI clinical trial in the United States. In January 2012, the Company announced the initiation of its RECOVER-ERC (Non-Revascularizable IschEmic Cardiomyopathy treated with Retrograde COronary Sinus Venous DElivery of Cell TheRapy) a double blind, placebo controlled, clinical trial. This trial is being conducted at the Bakulev Scientific Center for Cardiovascular Surgery, Moscow, Russia. The trial is a 60 patient double blind placebo controlled study evaluating safety and efficacy of ERC-124 in end stage CHF patients.

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John P. Salvador