NEW YORK, July 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NeoStem, Inc. (NYSE MKT:NBS), a leader in the emerging cell therapy market, today announced that it has met the listing criteria for the NASDAQ Capital Market and will move its listing from NYSE MKT to the NASDAQ Capital Market effective with the start of trading on August 5, 2013. NeoStem will continue to trade under its existing ticker symbol "NBS". NeoStem's common stock will trade on the NYSE MKT until the market close on August 2, 2013.
"NeoStem's move to NASDAQ aligns with the Company's plans to grow and expand its cellular therapy-based R&D platform and contract manufacturing capabilities, both in the US and internationally," said Dr. Robin L. Smith, Chairman and CEO of NeoStem. "We believe that NASDAQ will provide our Company with enhanced exposure, while at the same time providing investors with the best prices, the fastest execution and lowest cost per trade. Additionally, we believe that our transfer to the NASDAQ will enhance our public visibility to institutional shareholders. As the world's largest electronic stock market, NASDAQ promotes innovation and attracts leading growth companies from a diverse group of sectors. We are proud to be joining fellow cell therapy industry companies such as Celgene Corporation, Harvard Bioscience Inc., Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., Mesoblast Limited, Stemline Therapeutics, Inc., Verastem, Inc. and Shire PLC on the NASDAQ."
"We are extremely pleased to welcome NeoStem to the NASDAQ Stock Market," said Bruce Aust, Executive Vice President, NASDAQ OMX. "We are confident that a listing with NASDAQ will provide NeoStem with enhanced visibility, greater liquidity and increased exposure to the institutional investment community."About NeoStem, Inc. NeoStem, Inc. ("NeoStem" or the "Company") is a leader in the emerging cellular therapy industry. Our business model includes the development of novel proprietary cell therapy products as well as operating a contract development and manufacturing organization providing services to others in the regenerative medicine industry. The combination of a therapeutic development business and revenue-generating service provider business provides the Company with capabilities for cost effective in-house product development and immediate revenue and cash flow generation.