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Bluebird Bio Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

bluebird bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLUE), a clinical-stage company committed to developing potentially transformative gene therapies for severe genetic and orphan diseases, today reported financial results and operational highlights for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.

Financial Results

Revenues were $6.4 million during the quarter ended September 30, 2013 compared to $0.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 and include amounts allocated to research and development services from the Celgene collaboration.

Net cash provided by operating activities during the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $48.9 million. bluebird bio held $216.8 million in cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2013.

Total operating expenses for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 were $12.5 million as compared to $5.1 million for the same period in 2012.

bluebird bio reported a net loss of $6.1 million, or $0.26 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, as compared to net income applicable to common stockholders of $0.6 million, or $1.14 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Recent Business Highlights:

-- In October bluebird bio announced the first patient was transplanted in the Starbeam (ALD-102) study for childhood cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy

-- In October bluebird bio joined the Russell 2000 Index

"bluebird continues to make solid progress on multiple fronts," stated Nick Leschly, chief bluebird. "In October, we announced that the first patient had been transplanted in the Starbeam study for CCALD, an important step in advancing bluebird’s lentiviral gene therapy platform. We look forward to announcing the first patient treated in our LentiGlobin studies for the treatment of beta-thalassemia in the months ahead.”

Calendar Year 2013 Anticipated Milestones:

-- Announce the first patient transplanted with LentiGlobin for beta thalassemia major

-- Attend the Deutsche Bank BioFest conference on December 2 nd, 2013

About bluebird bio, Inc.

bluebird bio is a clinical-stage company committed to developing potentially transformative gene therapies for severe genetic and orphan diseases. bluebird bio has two clinical-stage programs in development. The most advanced product candidate, Lenti-D, is in a recently-initiated phase 2/3 study for the treatment of childhood cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (CCALD), a rare, hereditary neurological disorder affecting young boys. The next most advanced product candidate, LentiGlobin, is currently in a phase 1/2 study in France for the treatment of beta-thalassemia major and severe sickle cell disease. A second phase 1/2 study with LentiGlobin in the United States has been initiated for the treatment of beta-thalassemia major.

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