BioTime, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTIM) announced today that it is commencing a warrant discount offer under which it will permit holders of its common share purchase warrants expiring October 31, 2010 to exercise their warrants at a discounted price of $1.818 per share, which represents a discount of $0.182 from the regular warrant exercise price of $2.00 per share. The discount offer will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York time, on August 18, 2010. After the expiration of the discount offer, the exercise price of the warrants will revert to $2.00 per share. BioTime presently has 7,574,801 of the warrants outstanding, which are presently listed on the NYSE Amex and trade under the symbol BTIM.WS. Properly completed warrant certificates and notices of guaranteed delivery should be delivered to the Warrant Agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, by hand, mail, express mail, or overnight courier at the following address:
|American Stock Transfer & Trust Company|
|Attn: Reorganization Department|
|6201 15th Avenue|
|Brooklyn, New York 11219|
Do not send warrant certificates, notices of guaranteed delivery, or funds for payment of the warrant exercise price to BioTime.Purpose of the Discount Offer The purpose of the discount offer is to accelerate the raising of additional capital, without significant dilution of the ownership interests of existing BioTime security holders, by providing warrant holders with an incentive to exercise their warrants prior to the October 31, 2010 warrant expiration date. BioTime intends to use the capital raised through the warrant exercises to strengthen its working capital reserves and for the expansion of its stem cell product development projects, including the additional projects being undertaken at its subsidiaries Embryome Sciences, Inc., OncoCyte Corporation, OrthoCyte Corporation, BioTime Asia, Limited, and ES Cell International Pte Ltd, and at Cell Cure Neurosciences Ltd. BioTime may also use a portion of the proceeds to begin human clinical trials for new indications of its lead product Hextend ®, including the treatment of severe malaria by reducing the acidosis and hypovolemia that accompany this disease and often result in fatalities, especially among children. The securities described in this communication may only be offered by means of a prospectus. This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state. About BioTime, Inc. BioTime, headquartered in Alameda, California, is a biotechnology company focused on regenerative medicine and blood plasma volume expanders. Its broad platform of stem cell technologies is developed through subsidiaries focused on specific fields of applications. BioTime develops and markets research products in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine through its wholly owned subsidiary Embryome Sciences, Inc. BioTime’s subsidiary OncoCyte Corporation focuses on the therapeutic applications of stem cell technology in cancer. Another subsidiary, OrthoCyte Corporation, is developing therapeutic applications of stem cells to treat orthopedic diseases and injuries. BioTime plans to develop therapeutic products in China for the treatment of ophthalmologic, skin, musculo-skeletal system, and hematologic diseases, including the targeting of genetically modified stem cells to tumors as a novel means of treating currently incurable forms of cancer, through its subsidiary BioTime Asia, Limited. BioTime’s Singapore subsidiary, ES Cell International Pte Ltd, has been at the forefront of advances in human embryonic stem (“hES”) cell technology, being one of the earliest distributors of hES cell lines to the research community. ESI has produced clinical-grade human embryonic stem cell lines that were derived following principles of good manufacturing practice and currently offers them for potential use in therapeutic product development. In addition to its stem cell products, BioTime develops blood plasma volume expanders, blood replacement solutions for hypothermic (low temperature) surgery, and technology for use in surgery, emergency trauma treatment and other applications. BioTime’s lead product, Hextend®, is a blood plasma volume expander manufactured and distributed in the U.S. by Hospira, Inc. and in South Korea by CJ CheilJedang Corp. under exclusive licensing agreements. Additional information about BioTime, Embryome Sciences, OncoCyte, OrthoCyte, BioTime Asia, and ESI can be found on the web at www.biotimeinc.com. Forward-Looking Statements Statements pertaining to future financial and/or operating results, future growth in research, technology, clinical development, and potential opportunities for the company and its subsidiaries, along with other statements about the future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans, or prospects expressed by management constitute forward-looking statements. Any statements that are not historical fact (including, but not limited to statements that contain words such as “will,” “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimates”) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, risks inherent in the development and/or commercialization of potential products, uncertainty in the results of clinical trials or regulatory approvals, need and ability to obtain future capital, and maintenance of intellectual property rights. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements and as such should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the company’s business, particularly those mentioned in the cautionary statements found in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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