HBIO Announces Filing Of Request For Acceleration Of Effectiveness For Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology, Inc.'s IPO Registration Statement

HOLLISTON, Mass., April 2, 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 its wholly-owned subsidiary, Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology, Inc., filed a request for acceleration of effectiveness of its registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the initial public offering, or IPO, of Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology's common stock.

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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 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.

The initial public offering will be made only by means of a written prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933. Before you invest in Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and the documents filed as exhibits to the registration statement for more complete information about Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC web site at www.sec.gov . Alternatively, a copy of the preliminary prospectus may be obtained from the offices of Summer Street Research Partners, Attention: Prospectus Department, 101 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02110 or by telephone at +1-617-532-6464.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this press release are "forward-looking" and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These "forward-looking" statements include statements relating to, among other things, the planned IPO and the potential spin-off from Harvard Bioscience of Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, including among other things, market conditions and with respect to the possible spin-off, Harvard Bioscience's ability to obtain a private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service regarding the distribution's tax-free treatment, that may cause results to differ materially from the statements set forth in this press release. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release and are subject to uncertainty and changes. Given these circumstances, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Harvard Bioscience expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to such statements to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or any changes in the events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

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