Pluristem Therapeutics

Pluristem Granted Patent in Russia for Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Using Placenta-Derived Cells

PLX cells shown to be a potentially effective treatment

 

Haifa, Israel -- (ReleaseWire) -- 06/27/2014 -- Pluristem Therapeutics Inc., a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapies, today announced that Russia’s Federal Service for Intellectual Property has granted to Pluristem Patent No. 2515156 titled, “Methods of Treating Inflammatory Colon Diseases”. The patent covers methods for treating ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease using placenta-derived cells. This patent has already been issued to Pluristem in South Africa and is currently pending in several other jurisdictions.

“Pre-clinical studies have demonstrated that PLX cells are potentially effective in treating inflammatory bowel disease, and we may consider advancing into clinical trials with this indication in future,” stated Pluristem CEO Zami Aberman. “This patent issued in Russia is the latest in a series of patents we’ve been granted across the globe for the use of placenta-derived cell therapies in a variety of different indications.”

About Pluristem Therapeutics
Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. is a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapies. The Company's patented PLX (PLacental eXpanded) cells are a protein delivery platform that releases a cocktail of therapeutic proteins in response to a host of local and systemic inflammatory and ischemic conditions. PLX cells are grown using the Company's proprietary 3D micro-environmental technology and are an "off-the-shelf" product that requires no tissue matching prior to administration.

Pluristem has a strong intellectual property position, Company-owned GMP certified manufacturing and research facilities, strategic relationships with major research institutions and a seasoned management team. For more information visit http://www.pluristem.com, the content of which is not part of this press release.

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