Zami Aberman Chairman and CEO stated, "We are pleased and proud to enter into a partnership agreement with such a meaningful partner as Cha Bio&Diostech, part of the CHA Health Systems Group. We believe the alliance of Pluristem with a recognized leader of advanced healthcare systems in South Korea will provide multiple opportunities to strengthen our pipeline and develop PLX cells products for new indications. Cha Bio&Diostech's commitment to the PAD markets is an important milestone for us. We will be able to receive data from multiple CLI and IC trials that will enable us to optimize the clinical development of PLX-PAD. The co-owned joint venture will take advantage of Cha's unique and leading position in regenerative medicine in South Korea and Pluristem's proprietary 3D cells culturing capabilities. Pluristem is committed to a long and fruitful partnership with the CHA Health Systems Group."
Won S Yang, President & CEO of Cha Bio&Diostech states, "I believe the partnership between Pluristem and CHA Bio&Diostech carries far more significance with distinguished long-term business potential compared to other similar collaborations in the field of cell therapeutics by combining two companies' unique and unequaled technological prowess and outstanding leaderships in the industry. Particularly, Pluristem's pipeline PLX leveraging CHA Health Systems group's R&D, clinical development, regulatory and commercialization infrastructure focused on cell therapies in Korea will provide huge strategic advantage to entering Korea and global market territory in the future. Going forward, we expect PLX cells will be the first Pharmaceutical-like stem cell therapy product as well as the first allogenic product approved for the mass market to treat numerous patients suffering from serious disease such as the CLI and IC with limited cure."
About Cha Bio&Diostech
CHA Bio&Diostech Co., Ltd. is a leading biopharmaceutical company headquartered in South Korea with R&D focus in stem cells, cell therapeutics, medical device, and new drug development. The company is a member of CHA Health Systems Group, which comprise of medical university, medical centers and hospitals located in the US and Korea with in excess of two thousand beds under care, stem cell research centers, personal & preventive medicine and bio venture divisions. CHA Bio&Diostech has multiple stem cell R&D pipelines in therapeutic areas including Stargardt's disease, age-related macular disease, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer disease, Cerebral Palsy and glioblastoma in mid to late development stages. With seasoned experience and research infra structure, CHA Bio&Diostech has built up multiple strategic relations with major research institutions in the field of stem cell research and infertility areas. For more information visit www.chabio.com , the content of which is not part of this press release.About Pluristem Therapeutics Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. is a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapies. The Company's patented PLX (PLacental eXpanded) cells are a drug delivery platform that releases a cocktail of therapeutic proteins in response to a host of local and systemic inflammatory and ischemic diseases. PLX cells are grown using the company's proprietary 3D micro-environmental technology and are an "off-the-shelf" product that requires no tissue matching prior to administration.