Pluristem Awarded A $3.1 Million Grant By Israeli Government (PSTI)

Pluristem Awarded A $3.1 Million Grant By Israeli Government (PSTI)

Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (NasdaqCM: PSTI; TASE: PLTR) is a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapies. The company's patented PLX (PLacental eXpanded) cells drug delivery platform releases a cocktail of therapeutic proteins in response to a variety of local and systemic inflammatory diseases. 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 or immune-suppression treatment prior to administration. PLX-PAD comprehensive clinical development plan has been recognized by both the EMA and FDA, targeting a sub-population of 20-million patients of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) market.

The company announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Pluristem Ltd., has been approved for a 11.8 million New Israeli Shekels (approximately $3.1 million) grant from the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) within the Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. The grant, once received, "will be used to cover R&D expenses for the period March to December 2012. According to the OCS grant terms, Pluristem Ltd. is required to pay royalties in the rate of 3% - 5% on sales of products and services derived from technology developed using this and other OCS grants until 100% of the dollar-linked grants amount plus interest are repaid. In the absence of such sales, no payment is required."

The OCS was empowered by the Law for the Encouragement of Industrial Research & Development -- 1984. It "oversees all Government sponsored support of R&D in the Israeli hi-tech and bio-tech industries. This broad-spectrum support stimulates the development of innovative state-of-the-art technologies, enhances the competitive power of the industry in the global hi-tech market, creates employment opportunities and assists in improving Israel's balance of payments."

Chairman and CEO of Pluristem Zami Aberman stated,

"We are pleased Pluristem's PLX cells were recognized as an innovative state-of-the-art technology with a potential to create long term sustainable competitive advantage in the cell therapy industry. This grant will assist the company in enhancing its R&D plans and clinical trials, helping us bring the PLX product candidates to market for the treatment of millions of patients around the world."

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