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May 02, 2016
Asterias Biotherapeutics Announces Oral Presentation at ASGCT 19th Annual Meeting

FREMONT, Calif., May 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: AST), a biotechnology company with three clinical-stage development programs focused on the emerging field of regenerative medicine, today announced that clinical data from its AST-VAC1 (antigen-presenting autologous dendritic cells) immunotherapy clinical program will be presented during an oral session at the upcoming American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 19th Annual Meeting, to be held on May 4-7, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Jane S. Lebkowski, Ph.D., Asterias' President of R&D and Chief Scientific Officer, will present the data, which is from the Company's AST-VAC1 Phase 2 clinical trial in acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and was first presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The abstract is now available online on the ASGCT Annual Meeting website.

Presentation Details

Title: Long-Term Relapse-Free Survival of Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Receiving a Telomerase-Engineered Dendritic Cell Immunotherapy
Abstract Number: 276
Session Title: Cancer-Immunotherapy, Cancer Vaccines I
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016      
Time: 5:00 - 5:15 PM
Room: Washington 4

About Asterias Biotherapeutics

Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. is a leading biotechnology company in the emerging field of regenerative medicine. The company's proprietary cell therapy programs are based on its immunotherapy and pluripotent stem cell platform technologies.  Asterias is presently focused on advancing three clinical-stage programs which have the potential to address areas of very high unmet medical need in the fields of oncology and neurology. AST-VAC1 (antigen-presenting autologous dendritic cells) demonstrated promise in a Phase 2 study in acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and completed a successful end-of-Phase 2 meeting with the FDA in advance of initiating planning for a single pivotal Phase 3 AML study.  AST-VAC2 (antigen-presenting allogeneic dendritic cells) represents a second generation, allogeneic immunotherapy. The company's research partner, Cancer Research UK, plans to begin a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of AST-VAC2 in non-small cell lung cancer in 2017.  AST-OPC1 (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells) is currently in a Phase 1/2a dose escalation clinical trial in spinal cord injury. Additional information about Asterias can be found at


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