ALLENDALE, N.J. and WASHINGTON, May 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NeoStem, Inc. (NYSE MKT:NBS), a leader in the emerging cellular therapy industry, and its subsidiary, Progenitor Cell Therapy, LLC ("PCT"), an internationally recognized contract development and manufacturing organization, announced today that PCT has entered into a Cell Therapy Processing Customer Agreement with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. to provide autologous and allogeneic cellular therapy services for cellular products provided by MedStar Georgetown University Hospital ("MGUH") and deliver resulting cellular therapy products to MGUH for patient care. In April, Georgetown's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and the John Theurer Cancer Center, part of Hackensack University Medical Center ("HackensackUMC") in Hackensack, N.J., announced the establishment of an oncology affiliation arrangement between them to enhance patient access to innovative clinical trials, and is a significant step towards developing a clinical, translational and basic science cancer research consortium. In its agreement with PCT, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital will use the services of PCT for processing and storage of peripheral blood progenitor cells, donor leukocytes, bone marrow and cord blood, as well as requested assaying and storage of cellular therapy product, and retrieval and transportation logistics. "Akin to our relationship with HackensackUMC, whose engagement of PCT began over thirteen years ago, we look forward to developing a strong association with Georgetown," said Robert A. Preti, Ph.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer of PCT. "Our agreements with HackensackUMC and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital enable us to continue to play a vital part in patient care for cancers and other hematologic disorders, and to continue to provide cell products to our entire client base. Since its founding, PCT has provided cell therapy products for infusion into over 6,000 patients." Dr. Robin L. Smith, NeoStem's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated that, "NeoStem is committed to supporting and enabling the development of emerging cell therapy products. We, as well as our clients, are developing innovative therapies using the cells of our body to treat chronic diseases such as cancers, autoimmune conditions and cardiovascular disease. We are thrilled to be working with prestigious institutions such as MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and HackensackUMC to support their bone marrow transplant programs. PCT's exceptional client retention rate validates the management's commitment to Quality and Service as we look forward to future growth with our clients outside of the United States."