• Patent relates to the use of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) for muscle regeneration following muscle injury
  • Pivotal Phase III study to take place in U.S. and Europe to support recovery from hip fracture

HAIFA, Israel, Nov. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:PSTI) (TASE:PSTI), a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products, announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a patent titled, "Skeletal muscle regeneration using mesenchymal system cells." This key patent, which has already been granted in Europe, Hong Kong and Israel, addresses the use of MSCs for skeletal muscle regeneration used either directly after, or shortly after, post-surgical muscle injury.  

The Company received positive feedback from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicine Agency (EMA) for the proposed study design and endpoints of its Phase III trial for the treatment of muscle recovery following arthroplasty for hip fracture. This planned study was recently awarded an $8.7 million grant by the Horizon 2020 program, the European Union's largest research and innovation program. If successful, Pluristem plans to use the study results to achieve marketing approval in both the U.S. and Europe.

Previous clinical studies using PLX-PAD cells demonstrated significant muscle regeneration following arthroplasty, including a 300% improvement in muscle volume (p=0.004) and a 500% (p=0.0067) boost in muscle force when observed six months after surgery compared to the control group.

"This very important patent comes at the right time, just ahead of our planned Phase III study in muscle regeneration following hip fracture," stated Zami Aberman, Chairman and Co-CEO of Pluristem. "The patent substantially strengthens our intellectual property around muscle regeneration, particularly as it pertains to repair and regeneration following surgery. In an industry that demands constant technological and scientific advances, a robust patent portfolio covering our core innovations strengthens Pluristem's competitive edge."

About Pluristem Therapeutics

Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. is a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products. The Company has reported robust clinical trial data in multiple indications for its patented PLX (PLacental eXpanded) cells, and is entering late-stage trials in several indications. PLX cell products release a range of therapeutic proteins in response to inflammation, ischemia, muscle trauma, hematological disorders, and radiation damage. The cells are grown using the Company's proprietary three-dimensional expansion technology and can be administered to patients off-the-shelf, without tissue matching. Pluristem has a strong intellectual property position; Company-owned and operated, GMP-certified manufacturing and research facilities; strategic relationships with major research institutions; and a seasoned management team.

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Karine Kleinhaus, MD, MPH Divisional VP, North America 1-914-512-4109 karinek@pluristem.com                                     

Efrat Kaduri Head of Investor and Public Relations 972-74-7108600 efratk@pluristem.com

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