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Aastrom Completes Acquisition of Sanofi's Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Business

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aastrom Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:ASTM), the leading developer of patient-specific expanded cellular therapies for the treatment of severe diseases and conditions, today announced that the company has completed its acquisition of Sanofi's cell therapy and regenerative medicine (CTRM) business unit. As announced on April 21, 2014, Aastrom paid $4 million in cash and $2.5 million in a promissory note to acquire the CTRM business, which includes three marketed products in the United States and Europe as well as manufacturing and production centers in the U.S. and Denmark.

The three marketed autologous cell therapy products acquired by Aastrom in this acquisition are Carticel® (autologous cultured chondrocytes), an autologous chondrocyte implant (ACI) product marketed in the United States for the treatment and repair of articular cartilage defects in the knee; Epicel® (cultured epidermal autografts), a permanent skin replacement for full-thickness burns greater than or equal to 30% of total body surface area, which is marketed in the United States; and MACI® (matrix-applied characterized autologous cultured chondrocytes), a third-generation ACI product currently marketed in the European Union for the treatment of focal chondral defects in the knee.  Revenues for all three products were $44 million in 2013. 

"This acquisition significantly expands our cell therapy product portfolio with proven-effective commercial products and enhances our manufacturing, sales and marketing capabilities," said Nick Colangelo, president and chief executive officer of Aastrom. "We look forward to building upon the record of successful product innovation and customer service of the CTRM business and leveraging the capabilities of the combined organization as we develop our current pipeline, expand our cell therapy business and explore other strategic growth opportunities."

About Aastrom Biosciences

Aastrom Biosciences is the leader in developing patient-specific expanded cellular therapies for use in the treatment of patients with severe diseases and conditions.  Aastrom markets three autologous cell therapy products in the United States and European Union for the treatment of cartilage repair and skin replacement, and is developing ixmyelocel-T, a patient-specific multicellular therapy for the treatment of advanced heart failure due to ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy.  For more information, please visit Aastrom's website at www.aastrom.com.

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