Harvard Bioscience, Inc. Announces Receipt Of Private Letter Ruling And Affirms Plan To Spin-Off Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology, Inc. Following Its Initial Public Offering

HOLLISTON, Mass., March 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq:HBIO), a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of tools to advance life science research and regenerative medicine, today announced that it has received a private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service that subject to certain conditions, the anticipated spin-off of Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology, Inc. will be tax-free for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology, Inc., or HART, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harvard Bioscience, has filed a registration statement with the SEC for an initial public offering of HART's common stock. HART has set a price range of $10.00 - $12.00 per share of common stock and has commenced its "road show". It is expected that the offering of HART's common stock will price in early April, with the offering closing shortly thereafter. With respect to the offering, Summer Street Research Partners is sole book-running manager, and Maxim Group LLC is co-lead manager.

Following the IPO, Harvard Bioscience will own slightly more than 80% of Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology's common stock. Harvard Bioscience intends to distribute its remaining interest in Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology to Harvard Bioscience's shareholders in a pro-rata, tax-free dividend approximately 120 days following the closing of the IPO.

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Registration Statement

A registration statement including a prospectus relating to the common stock of Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology, Inc. has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy these securities be accepted before the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

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