NEWARK, Calif., Oct. 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StemCells, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEM) today announced that it intends to offer and sell common stock and warrants, subject to market and other conditions, in an underwritten public offering. The shares and warrants are being offered under the Company's effective shelf registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). StemCells intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, including working capital and operational purposes, including product development. Chardan Capital Markets is acting as sole bookrunner for the offering and Maxim Group LLC is acting as co-manager on the deal. The securities will be offered by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus, forming a part of the effective registration statement, a copy of which may be obtained, when available, at the website of the SEC at http://www.sec.gov . Electronic copies of the preliminary prospectus also may be obtained from Chardan Capital Markets, LLC Capital Markets, 17 State Street, Suite 1600, New York, NY 10004, at 646-465-9012. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. About StemCells, Inc. StemCells, Inc. is engaged in the research, development, and commercialization of cell-based therapeutics and tools for use in stem cell-based research and drug discovery. The Company's lead therapeutic product candidate, HuCNS-SC® cells (purified human neural stem cells), is currently in development as a potential treatment for a broad range of central nervous system disorders. In a Phase I clinical trial in Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD), a fatal myelination disorder in children, the Company has shown preliminary evidence of progressive and durable donor-derived myelination in all four patients transplanted with HuCNS-SC cells. The Company is conducting a Phase I/II clinical trial in chronic spinal cord injury in Switzerland, Canada and the United States, and has reported positive interim data for the first three patients. The Company is also conducting a Phase I/II clinical trial in dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the United States. In addition, the Company is pursuing preclinical studies in Alzheimer's disease, with support from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). StemCells also markets stem cell research products, including media and reagents, under the SC Proven® brand.