Tuesday, February 3, 2009

International Stem Cell Corporation Featured In The Economist

Article Details ISCO's Solutions To Ethical And Immune Rejection Issues

International Stem Cell Corporation (OTCBB: ISCO) (www.internationalstemcell.com), the first company to perfect a method of creating human "parthenogenetic" stem cells from unfertilized eggs, has been featured in the January 31, 2009, edition of The Economist, the authoritative weekly publication focusing on international politics and business news and opinion.

The article, titled "Embryonic Stem Cells: Can I Serve You Now?," details how ISCO's unique parthenogenetic approach helps resolve two of the conundrums that have long shadowed stem cell research: ethical issues and immune rejection difficulties. "ISCO has found a way of producing embryonic-like stem cells from unfertilized eggs. The egg is chemically stimulated to create a group of cells that form a non-viable (and unfertilized) 'embryo' . . . something that could not be implanted into a woman's womb and produce a child. Nonetheless, the cells it contains have the same characteristics as stem cells. Besides the ethical advantages this procedure has, it could also have medical ones. Because lines of stem cells created in this way have only one parent, they are immunologically simpler than normal embryonic cells—in other words they have a smaller variety of the proteins that trigger immune rejection."

"We are very pleased to see coverage of this kind in a publication as venerable and prestigious as The Economist," says International Stem Cell Corporation Chairman and CEO Kenneth Aldrich. "For a variety of reasons, it is clear that there is renewed interest in the stem cell research arena, and we are grateful to The Economist for allowing us to communicate our story."

The complete article can be accessed by visiting: http://www.economist.com/science/displayStory.cfm?story_id=13014104&source=hptextfeature

About The Economist

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International Stem Cell Corporation is a California biotechnology company focused on developing therapeutic and research products. ISCO's technology, Parthenogenesis, results in the creation of pluripotent human stem cell lines from unfertilized human eggs. ISCO scientists have created the first Parthenogenetic homozygous stem cell line (phSC-Hhom-4) that can be a source of therapeutic cells that will minimize immune rejection after transplantation into hundreds of millions of individuals of differing sexes, ages and racial groups. These advancements offer the potential to create the first true "Stem Cell Bank" and address ethical issues by eliminating the need to use or destroy fertilized embryos. ISCO also produces and markets specialized cells and growth media worldwide for therapeutic research through its subsidiary Lifeline Cell Technology. For more information, visit the ISCO website at: www.internationalstemcell.com.

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Key Words: Stem Cells, Biotechnology, Parthenogenesis

International Stem Cell Corporation
Kenneth C. Aldrich, Chairman, CEO
Jeffrey Janus, President
The Investor Relations Group
Investor Relations:
Adam S. Holdsworth
Media Relations:
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