ThermoGenesis Subsidiary Vantus Announces Stem Cell Agreement With UC Davis Center For Equine Health

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ThermoGenesis Corp. (Nasdaq: KOOL), a leading supplier of innovative products and services that process and store adult stem cells, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Vantus, Inc., has signed a formal agreement with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for Equine Health and its Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine Group. Under the agreement, the two organizations will conduct joint research and development of methods to enhance the collecting, processing and storing of stem cells from equine cord blood, bone marrow and placental tissue. These cells will be used in the development of therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of orthopedic injuries, such as tendon and ligament injuries, in performance horses.

Earlier this month, ThermoGenesis announced the creation of Vantus, a laboratory service company focused on the performance equine market, including Thoroughbreds, American Quarter Horses, Arabians and Warm Bloods. Under this collaboration, the ThermoGenesis MarrowXpress(TM) System and BioArchive(R) System will be used for processing and storage of the stem cells. The Company is currently refining collection methodologies at breeder farms in California and processing methods at UC Davis. Vantus expects to be in operation at the beginning of the foaling season in January of next year.

"As we have indicated, launching Vantus represents a major milestone in our regenerative medicine diversification strategy. By partnering with UC Davis, we are joining forces with a recognized world leader in veterinary medicine for the development of innovative therapies for treatment of injuries and disease in animals," noted Dr. William Osgood, Chief Executive Officer of ThermoGenesis.

"The risk of orthopedic injury to these high-value horses and their racing careers is well known. The potential for the use of stem cells to treat these debilitating, and often life-threatening, injuries is significant and we look forward to working with UC Davis on creating new forms of therapy for these horses," he added.

"The opportunities for stem-cell based therapies are significant and being proven every day. Leading veterinarians are now using stem cells in a variety of clinical conditions and the outcomes are very encouraging. We look forward to partnering with Vantus on the advancement of scientific discoveries and breakthroughs in this area," said Dr. Gregory Ferraro of the UC Davis Center for Equine Health.

"This is a market opportunity with great potential and we believe our clinically proven stem cell processing and cryopreservation technologies coupled with the research we are funding at the UC Davis Center for Equine Health can provide us important competitive advantages. Stem cell therapies are working and the regulatory hurdles in the veterinary medicine are relatively low. As a result, we are well-positioned to realize rapid growth in this business and make it an important contributor to shareholder value. In addition, we look forward to translating the lessons learned in the equine market to stem cell-based therapies for orthopedic injuries in humans so as to expand our presence in that market as well," Osgood noted.

Four leading clinicians from UC Davis will direct the collaboration with Vantus. They include:

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