NEW YORK, Aug. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NeoStem, Inc. (Nasdaq:NBS) ("NeoStem" or the "Company"), a leader in the emerging cellular therapy market, announced today the appointment of Douglas W. Losordo, MD, FACC, FAHA, as Chief Medical Officer of the Company. Dr. Losordo is a leader in cell therapy research and a renowned cardiologist. Most recently, Dr. Losordo was Vice President, New Therapies Development, Regenerative Medicine and Baxter Ventures at Baxter International. Dr. Losordo is well regarded for his career-long efforts to develop novel therapeutics and as a scientist he obtained over $35 million in National Institutes of Health funding for discovering and developing new therapeutic concepts in the laboratory, providing the basis for clinical studies. He has led first in human studies in multiple gene and adult stem cell therapies in patients with cardiovascular diseases, including therapies now in Phase 3 testing. He is a highly sought after speaker, having given over 200 international lectures. He is an associate editor of Circulation Research, the basic science journal of the American Heart Association and serves on the editorial boards of a number of scientific journals. "I am excited to join NeoStem in its pursuit of promising cell therapies, including a product candidate using CD34+ cells to repair ischemic tissue, taking us a step closer to true disease modification or reversal, instead of relegating patients to symptom palliation," said Dr. Losordo. "The Company is hard at work to unlock the future of cell therapies, a shared goal to which I have also devoted my professional career." Andrew L. Pecora, MD, FACC, the Company's outgoing Chief Medical Officer, will assume the role of Chief Visionary Officer of NeoStem, where he will continue to assist in building a leading global cell therapy company. Dr. Pecora will also continue in his role as Chief Medical Officer of Progenitor Cell Therapy ("PCT"), NeoStem's contract development and manufacturing subsidiary, and Chief Scientific Officer of Amorcyte, LLC, NeoStem's subsidiary developing a cell therapy to preserve heart muscle function after a severe heart attack, as well as remain a member of NeoStem's Board of Directors.