NEWARK, Calif., Oct. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StemCells, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEM) today announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of an aggregate of 11,170,000 units at a public offering price of $1.45 per unit. Each unit consists of one share of common stock, par value $.01 per share, and a warrant to purchase one half share of common stock. The warrants have an exercise price of $1.80 per share, are exercisable immediately, and will expire five years from the date of issuance. The Company expects to receive gross proceeds of approximately $16.2 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other estimated offering expenses. The Company has also granted the underwriters a 30 day option to purchase up to an additional 1,675,500 units to cover over allotments, if any. The offering is expected to close on or about October 7, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions. Chardan Capital Markets is acting as sole bookrunner for the offering and Maxim Group LLC is acting as co-manager on the deal. StemCells intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, including working capital and operational purposes, including product development. The securities are being 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 Securities and Exchange Commission (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.