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    StemCells reports successful transplantation, announces enrollment in US and Canada

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    StemCells, Inc. Completes Enrollment of First Cohort in Landmark Chronic Spinal Cord Injury Trial Opens Enrollment to Patients in US and Canada NEWARK, Calif., Dec. 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StemCells, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEM) announced today that the first cohort of the Company's Phase I/II clinical trial in chronic spinal cord injury have been successfully transplanted with the Company's proprietary HuCNS-SCĀ® neural stem cells. This landmark clinical trial has a unique design, in which patients with progressively decreasing severity of injury will be treated in three sequential cohorts. The first cohort of patients all have spinal cord injury classified as AIS A, the most severe level identified by the American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale (AIS).
    "We are extremely pleased with our progress in this innovative trial," said Stephen Huhn MD, FACS, FAAP, Vice President and Head of the CNS Program at StemCells, Inc. "Having completed dosing of the AIS A cohort, screening for AIS B patients, who have a less severe, incomplete type of spinal cord injury, can now begin. Of course, our first priority is to assess safety in each patient, but we will also be evaluating trial patients for changes in sensation, motor and bowel/bladder function."
    "I am also pleased to announce," added Martin McGlynn, President and CEO, "that, in consultation with the clinical team at Balgrist Hospital, the Company has decided to open enrollment for the remainder of the trial to patients living in the United States and Canada. We have received a large number of inquiries from patients in both countries, and hopefully this decision will come as good news to the spinal cord injury community, who were greatly disappointed by Geron's recent decision to discontinue its spinal cord injury trial. We remain optimistic about the prospect of being able to demonstrate safety and clinical utility of our cells in this devastating condition, and are committed to funding our spinal cord injury program until such time as we can come up with a definitive outcome."
    About the Clinical Trial
    The Phase I/II clinical trial of StemCells, Inc.'s HuCNS-SC purified human adult neural stem cells is designed to assess both safety and preliminary efficacy. Twelve patients with thoracic (chest-level) neurological injuries at the T2-T11 level are planned for enrollment. The first three patients all have injuries classified as AIS A, in which there is no apparent neurological function below the injury level. The second and third cohorts will be patients classified as AIS B and AIS C, those with less severe injury, in which there is some preservation of sensory or motor function. In addition to assessing safety, the trial will assess preliminary efficacy based on defined clinical endpoints, such as changes in sensation, motor and bowel/bladder function. Prior to dosing the next cohort, data from previous cohorts will be reviewed by an independent Data Safety Monitoring Committee.
    All patients will receive HuCNS-SC cells through direct transplantation into the spinal cord and will be temporarily immunosuppressed. Patients will be evaluated regularly in the post-transplant period in order to monitor and assess the safety of the HuCNS-SC cells, the surgery and the immunosuppression, as well as to measure any recovery of neurological function below the injury site. The Company intends to follow the effects of this therapy long-term, and a separate four-year observational study will be initiated at the conclusion of this trial.
    The trial is being conducted at Balgrist University Hospital, University of Zurich, a world leading medical center for spinal cord injury and rehabilitation. For information on patient enrollment, interested parties may contact the study nurse either by phone at +41 44 386 39 01, or by email at
    Additional information about the Company's spinal cord injury program can be found on the StemCells, Inc. website at and at, including video interviews with Company executives and independent collaborators.
    Last edited by GRAMMY; 12-15-2011 at 04:28 PM.

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    where in the US?

    wonder if or when they'll accept cervical injuries.
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    But I'm goin' strong-
    Left my meds on the sink again-
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    Quote Originally Posted by ineedmyelin View Post
    where in the US?

    wonder if or when they'll accept cervical injuries.
    The contact information remains the same I believe for any questions.

    The cervical studies and long term chronic studies are being done right now.

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