NEW YORK, NY and PETACH TIKVAH, ISRAEL--(Marketwired - June 04, 2013) - BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics (OTCQB: BCLI), a leading developer of adult stem cell technologies for neurodegenerative diseases, announced today that the Company has received the third installment of the 2013 grant from Israel's Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) in the amount of approximately $335,000 (~1.2M NIS). The yearly grant for 2013, in the amount of $729,000 (~2.7M NIS), was awarded to BrainStorm's Research and Development program towards the development of its leading and innovative NurOwn™ therapy for ALS using autologous adult stem cells.
"We are thankful to the OCS for its continued support of our NurOwn R&D program. The non-dilutive funding we receive from them will support our efforts to expedite our clinical development program as well as optimization of the NurOwn manufacturing process," said Alon Natanson, BrainStorm's CEO.
The OCS has supported BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Ltd. since 2007, providing a total of $2.67 million in grants, including this one. Under the terms of the grant, the Company is required to pay royalties to the OCS, amounting to 3% - 5% of revenues derived from sales of the products funded with these grants, but only up to the amount equal to 100% of the funds received.
About the Office of the Chief Scientist
The Office of the Chief Scientist [OCS] in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor is charged with execution of government policy for support of industrial R&D. The goal of the OCS is to assist in the development of technology in Israel as a means of fostering economic growth, encouraging technological innovation and entrepreneurship, leveraging Israel's scientific potential, enhancing the knowledge base of industry in Israel, stimulating high value-added R&D and encouraging R&D collaboration both nationally and internationally.
About BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, Inc.
BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. is a biotechnology company engaged in the development of first-of-its-kind adult stem cell therapies derived from autologous bone marrow cells for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. The Company holds the rights to develop and commercialize its NurOwn technology through an exclusive, worldwide licensing agreement with Ramot, the technology transfer company of Tel Aviv University. For more information, visit the company's website at www.brainstorm-cell.com.
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