Pluristem Therapeutics

Israel's Ministry of Health Approves Pluristem's Commercial-Scale 3D Cell Manufacturing Process Used at Its New Haifa Facility

This Follows Clearances from U.S., E.U., German, and South Korean Regulators


Haifa, Israel -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/05/2014 -- Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapies, announced today that it has completed the approval process and received final clearance from a fifth regulatory agency for its 3D cell therapy manufacturing processes in use at its new facility in Haifa. The latest approval comes from Israel's Ministry of Health and follows similar clearances from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the European Union 's Qualified Person, Germany 's Paul Ehrlich Institute, and the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.

"This latest regulatory clearance further validates our proprietary cell manufacturing processes, which we believe are state-of-the-art and unmatched in the cell therapy arena. Our Haifa facility has the capacity to produce approximately 150,000 doses of PLX cells annually, with batch-to-batch consistency, which potentially translates into significant economic value," stated Pluristem CEO Zami Aberman. "This latest approval also exemplifies our strategy of working with multiple regulatory bodies in order to establish Pluristem as a leading developer of cell therapies and to set the standards for this area of manufacturing," added Aberman.

About Pluristem's 3D Manufacturing
Pluristem' state-of-the-art GMP manufacturing site is located in MATAM industrial park, in Haifa, Israel and is equipped with 500 square meters of clean rooms in which PLX cells can be manufactured in sufficient quantities to support late-phase clinical trials and commercial demand at time of regulatory approval. Pluristem manufactures its products in full compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agencies (EMA) current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). Pluristem believes that control of the production process is critical for the successful manufacture of cell therapies and invests significantly in developing highly efficient, cutting-edge culturing systems for its range of PLX cell products.

About Pluristem Therapeutics
Pluristem Therapeutics Inc is a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapies. The Company's patented PLX (PLacental eXpanded) cells are a protein delivery platform that releases a cocktail of therapeutic proteins in response to inflammation or ischemia. PLX cells are grown using the Company's proprietary 3D micro-environmental technology and are an "off-the-shelf" product that requires no tissue matching prior to administration.

Pluristem has a strong intellectual property position, Company-owned GMP certified manufacturing and research facilities, strategic relationships with major research institutions and a seasoned management team.

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