CARLSBAD, CA — March 31, 2016 – International Stem Cell Corporation (OTCQB: ISCO) (www.internationalstemcell.com) (“ISCO” or “the Company”), a California-based clinical stage biotechnology company developing novel stem cell-based therapies and biomedical products, today provided a business update and announced fourth quarter and year-end financial results for the period ended December 31, 2015.
“2015 was a milestone year for ISCO. We made significant progress in our corporate priorities and received authorization by the Therapeutics Goods Administration in Australia to initiate a Phase I dose escalation clinical trial of human parthenogenetic stem cells-derived neural stem cells (ISC-hpNSC®) in patients with moderate to severe Parkinson’s disease (PD),” stated Andrey Semechkin, Ph.D., CEO and co-Chairman of ISCO. “In addition to Parkinson’s, our scientists are currently evaluating other therapeutic indications based on our stem cell technology platform. We believe that we are on track to bring a stroke program into clinical trial using ISC-hpNSC® and develop a therapy for osteoarthritis using the patient’s own cells. We anticipate continued momentum in 2016 and look forward to reporting on our progress.”
FY 2015 Financial highlights:
- Operating income from Lifeline Skin Care and Lifeline Cell Technology wholly owned subsidiaries of International Stem Cell Corporations combined increased by 65% to $1.67 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to $1.01 million in 2014;
- $7.55 million in revenue for the year ended December 31, 2015, an increase of 8% compared to 2014; Lifeline Skin Care sales were stable and Lifeline Cell Technology sales were up 15%. Gross margin stable at 73%;
- Average net cash used in operating activities of $343,000 per month for the year ending December 31, 2015; the company ended 2015 with cash of approximately $532,000.
Recent Corporate Highlights
- Received approval to start clinical trial of ISC-hpNSC® for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease in Australia;
- Developed technology with the potential to replace cartilage for the treatment of osteoarthritis;
- Signed a clinical service agreement for the Phase 1 clinical study in Australia with the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, one of the world’s leading brain research centers;
- In its Lifeline Skin Care business, the company launched new nano-compound products. In all of tests the proprietary compounds induced up to twice the production of elastin and collagen compared to Retinoic Acid (the active form of Retinol) with none of its toxic characteristics.
2016 Anticipated Events
- Complete dosing in Phase I clinical study in Australia;
- Report preliminary efficacy and safety clinical trial results; Report on animal studies results for the treatment of stroke;
- Report on animal studies results for the treatment of osteoarthritis.
Presentations & Publications
In 2015, the company presented comprehensive findings of its preclinical studies in Parkinson’s disease at:
- The American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair Annual Meeting;
- The 2015 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting;
- The 21st annual meeting of the International Society for Cellular Therapy;
- The Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting at Neuroscience 2015.
- The Company published results of two proof of concept studies supporting the safety and efficacy of the company’s treatment of Parkinson’s Disease in peer-reviewed journal, Cell Transplantation.
In the first half 2016:
- ISCO is planning to present at the American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair Annual Meeting in April.
About International Stem Cell Corporation
International Stem Cell Corporation is focused on the therapeutic applications of human parthenogenetic stem cells (hpSCs) and the development and commercialization of cell-based research and cosmetic products. ISCO’s core technology, parthenogenesis, results in the creation of pluripotent human stem cells from unfertilized oocytes (eggs). hpSCs avoid ethical issues associated with the use or destruction of viable human embryos. ISCO scientists have created the first parthenogenetic, homozygous stem cell line that can be a source of therapeutic cells for hundreds of millions of individuals of differing genders, ages and racial background with minimal immune rejection after transplantation. hpSCs offer the potential to create the first true stem cell bank, UniStemCell™. ISCO also produces and markets specialized cells and growth media for therapeutic research worldwide through its subsidiary Lifeline Cell Technology (www.lifelinecelltech.com), and stem cell-based skin care products through its subsidiary Lifeline Skin Care (www.lifelineskincare.com). More information is available at www.internationalstemcell.com.
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International Stem Cell Corporation
Russell Kern, PhD
Executive Vice President, CSO
Phone: (646) 942-5632
Tony Russo, Ph.D.
Phone: (212) 845-4251