Pluristem to take part in EU stem cell study

This is a new indication for Pluristem's PLX placenta cell therapy product.

Pluristem Therapeutics Ltd. (Nasdaq:PSTI; DAX: PJT) is one of 19 companies from 12 countries that will participate in a placenta stem cell study financed by EU Seventh Framework Progamme for Research and Development.

The study will be carried out simultaneously at 12 European medical centers to examine the effect of placenta stem cell treatments on several kinds of heart cells that are damaged by high blood glucose levels caused by diabetes. The study will examine whether placenta stem cell-based anti-inflammatory agents can prevent or delay the onset of diastolic heart failure (DHF) among diabetics.

This is a new indication for Pluristem's PLX (PLacental eXpanded) cell therapy product. The company will be allotted $150,000 from the Seventh Framework Progamme for R&D to cover the cost of the research and to develop the stem cells for the program.

Pluristem chairman and CEO Zami Aberman said, "There has been a growing interest in the potential of PLX cells to treat a variety of clinical indications following the release of the PLX-PAD clinical study interim results, which demonstrated safety and shows a trend of efficacy. The decision to use our PLX cells in this DHF study is further verification of the uniqueness of Pluristems PLX cells as an off-the-shelf product that requires no tissue matching prior to administration. There is a significant unmet medical need for the treatment of DHF, not only in Europe but also globally, and Pluristems placenta-derived cell therapy may provide patients and physicians with an effective and safe treatment option for this disease."

Pluristem's share price closed at $1.01 on Friday, giving a market cap of $21 million.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on August 30, 2010

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