SOURCE: Medistem Inc.

December 22, 2008 17:35 ET

Medistem Files IND for Endometrial Regenerative Cells in Treatment of Critical Limb Ischemia

SAN DIEGO, CA and PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - December 22, 2008) - Medistem Inc. (OTCBB: MEDS) announced today it has filed an Investigational New Drug (IND) Application with the United States Food and Drug Administration to undertake clinical studies using its proprietary endometrial regenerative cells (ERC) in patients with an advanced form of peripheral artery disease termed "critical limb ischemia." The IND application seeks permission from the FDA to administer ERC to 10 patients having specific inclusion/exclusion criteria and will focus primarily on gathering safety information; however, markers of efficacy will also be evaluated. The principal investigator of the proposed clinical trial is Dr. Michael Murphy from Indiana University.

About Medistem Inc.

Medistem Inc. is a biotechnology company founded to develop and commercialize technologies related to adult stem cell extraction, manipulation, and use for treating inflammatory and degenerative diseases. The company's lead product, the endometrial regenerative cell (ERC), is a "universal donor" stem cell derived from the menstrual blood that possesses the ability to differentiate into nine tissue types, produce large quantities of growth factors, and a large proliferative capacity. A peer reviewed publication describing this novel cell type may be found at http://www.translational-medicine.com/content/5/1/57. The company is currently focusing on use of endometrial regenerative cells for treatment of critical limb ischemia, an advanced form of peripheral artery disease.

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    Thomas Ichim
    CEO
    9255 Towne Center Drive
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    San Diego, CA 92122
    1-877-ERC-STEM