SOURCE: Living Cell Technologies

February 29, 2008 18:36 ET

Living Cell Technologies Half Yearly Report Period Ended December 31, 2007

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA and AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND--(Marketwire - February 29, 2008) - Living Cell Technologies Limited (ASX: LCT) (PINKSHEETS: LVCLY) today announced the half yearly report for Living Cell Technologies (ASX: LCT) for the six-month period ended December 31, 2007. The consolidated operating loss after income tax for the period July 1 to December 31, 2007 was $3.0 million (2006: $3.1 m), a decrease of 4% in the loss from the same period in the previous year and is in line with management's expectations.

During the six-month period, LCT completed capital raising activities, which added $8.3 million to contributed equity (2006: $0.7 million). A share placement agreement for a further US$6.0m (approximately AU $6.6 million) in share capital has been completed and funds are due to be received immediately after the General Meeting on March 7, 2008 subject to shareholder approval of the transaction.

For the period to December 31, 2007, grant funding received was $0.4 million (2006: $0.5 million) and employee costs totaling $1.5 million were reduced in comparison to the previous year's spending (2006: $1.8 million). A decrease was also reported on research and development costs, which were $0.4 million in the period (2006: $0.6 million).

As of December 31, 2007, net assets were $6.5 million. This is a significant increase on both last year's figures (2006: $0.6 million deficit) and the end of financial year net assets of $1.4 million as of June 30, 2007. Cash in the bank as of December 31, 2007 also increased to $7.6 million (June 30, 2007 @ $2.4 million). These significant improvements in the balance sheet of the Company were the result of the capital raise of $8.3 million, referred to above.

LCT's Chief Financial Officer, Richard Justice, said: "The successful capital raisings reflect the growing confidence in the Company globally and will allow the progression of the Russian clinical trial as well as commencement of the New Zealand trial later in the year."

Dr. Paul Tan, CEO of LCT, added: "This strong financial position allows us to start focusing on expanding our production and manufacturing facilities which will enable successful commercialization of Diabecell and move the Company forward to the next stage."

About Living Cell Technologies: www.lctglobal.com

Living Cell is developing cell-based products to treat life threatening human diseases. The Company owns a biocertified pig herd that it uses as a source of cells for treating diabetes and neurological disorders. For patients with Type 1 diabetes, the Company transplants microencapsulated islet cells so that near-normal blood glucose levels may be achieved without the need for administration of insulin or at significantly reduced levels. The company entered clinical trials for its diabetes product in 2007. For the treatment of Huntington's disease and other neurological disorders, the company transplants microencapsulated choroid plexus cells that deliver beneficial proteins and neurotrophic factors to the brain. Living Cell's technology enables healthy living cells to be injected into patients to replace or repair damaged tissue without requiring the use of immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection. Living Cell also offers medical-grade porcine-derived products for the repair and replacement of damaged tissues, as well as for research and other purposes.


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