First Cancer Patient Treated In Phase I/II Trial of ApoGraft™

Management expects additional positive upcoming results from its trial in healthy volunteers

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. (Nasdaq:APOP) (TASE:APOP), a developer of stem cells selection technology, today announces that it has treated the first blood cancer patient in the recently initiated Phase I/II trial of its stem cell technology ApoGraft™.

The trial is intended to assess the Cellect ApoGraft™ process which is designed to prevent Graft-versus-Host Disease (GvHD), a common complication associated with stem cell transplant in which the transplanted immune cells attack the recipient's body cells and organs. GvHD is a life-threatening condition occurring in up to 50% of stem cell transplants. In this trial, the company will be testing stem cells transplanted from a matched donor related to the patient.

Referring to the trial on healthy volunteers, the company plans to release definitive and complete results of this trial before the end of Q1 this year.

Cellect CEO, Shai Yarkoni commented, “Enrolling our first cancer patient to be treated using our groundbreaking method is a critical milestone for millions of patients worldwide. ApoGraft™ has been proven to be effective in assisting successful stem cells transplants and preventing GvHD during our animal studies.  I am excited with prospects of Cellect becoming a key contributor to the fast-growing market for stem cells based products enabling 21st century regenerative medicine.”

The study is being conducted at the Department of Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel. The primary objective of the trial is to assess the safety and tolerability of ApoGraft™ administered to patients with hematological malignancies undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation from a matched related donor.

About GvHD
Despite improved prophylactic regimens, acute GvHD disease still occurs in 25% to 50% of recipients of allogeneic stem cells transplantation. The incidence of GvHD in recipients of allogeneic stem cells transplantation is increasing due to the increased number of allogeneic transplantations survivors, older recipient age, use of alternative donor grafts, and use of peripheral blood stem cells. GvHD accounts for 15% of deaths after allogeneic stem cells transplantation and is considered the leading cause of non-relapse mortality after allogeneic stem cells transplantation.

About ApoGraft01 study
Study ApoGraft01 ( identifier: NCT02828878), is an open label, Staggered Four-Cohort, Phase I/II, safety and proof-of-concept study of ApoGraft process in the prevention of acute Graft-versus-Host Disease (GvHD). The study which will enroll 12 patients, aims to evaluate the safety, tolerability and efficacy of the ApoGraft process in patients suffering from hematological malignancies undergoing allogeneic stem cells transplantation from a matched related donor.

About Cellect Biotechnology Ltd.
Cellect Biotechnology is traded on both the NASDAQ and Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (NASDAQ:APOP) (NASDAQ:APOPW) (TASE:APOP). The Company has developed a breakthrough technology for the selection of stem cells from any given tissue for any clinical indication; a technology that aims to enable a variety of stem cells applications.

The Company’s technology is expected to provide pharma companies, medical research and hospitals with the tools to rapidly produce stem cells in quantity and quality that will enable commercialization of all stems cell based treatments and procedures. Cellect’s technology is applicable to a wide variety of stem cells related treatments in regenerative medicine while this specific clinical trials is aimed at the cancer treatment by bone marrow transplantations.

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