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Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. (OSIR) Announces Receipt Of $15 Million Milestone Payment For Prochymal


12/20/2013 7:03:34 AM

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Osiris Announces Receipt of $15 Million Milestone Payment for Prochymal

COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. (OSIR), the leading stem cell company focused on developing and marketing products to treat conditions in orthopedic, sports medicine and wound care markets announced that it has received a $15 million milestone payment from Mesoblast for successful completion of the transfer of assets relating to the Prochymal business.

In October 2013, Osiris announced an agreement with a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mesoblast Limited (ASX:MSB; USOTC:MBLTY) for the acquisition of Osiris’ culture-expanded mesenchymal stem cell (ceMSC) business, including Prochymal, in a transaction worth up to $100 million in initial consideration and milestone payments as well as future royalties. The milestone that was achieved was in consideration of transition and delivery of the major assets related to its ceMSC business. The payment was made in Mesoblast equity with customary downside protection after the 12-month holding period. Osiris continues to provide services to Mesoblast as part of the agreement to ensure a smooth transition. As a result of the transaction, Osiris expects to report a profit for the fourth quarter 2013 and full fiscal year.

“We are pleased to have achieved this milestone and we are now fully focused on our commercial products and biosurgery pipeline,” said Philip R. Jacoby, Jr., Chief Financial Officer of Osiris Therapeutics. “The additional resources allow us to make investments in our commercial infrastructure and clinical programs to further demonstrate the clinical benefits of our products.”

About Osiris Therapeutics

Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. is the leading stem cell company, having developed the world’s first approved stem cell drug, remestemcel-L for graft versus host disease. Osiris’ products include Grafix® and Ovation® for acute and chronic wounds, Cartiform®, a viable cartilage mesh for cartilage repair and the latest addition to Osiris’ line of products, OvationOS™, a viable bone matrix. Osiris is a fully integrated company with capabilities in research, development, manufacturing and distribution. Osiris has developed an extensive intellectual property portfolio to protect the company's technology and commercial interests.

Osiris, Grafix, Ovation and Cartiform are registered trademarks of Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. More information can be found on the company's website, www.Osiris.com. (OSIR-G)

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements about our expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, intentions, assumptions and other statements that are not historical facts. Words or phrases such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "ongoing," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project" or similar words or phrases, or the negatives of those words or phrases, may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not necessarily mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Examples of forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, statements regarding any of the following: our product development efforts; our clinical trials and anticipated regulatory requirements, and our ability to successfully navigate these requirements; the success of our product candidates in development; status of the regulatory process for our product and product candidates; implementation of our corporate strategy; our financial performance; our product research and development activities and projected expenditures, including our anticipated timeline and clinical strategy for marketed Biosurgery products (including Grafix, Ovation, OvationOS and Cartiform) and Biosurgery products under development; our cash needs; patents, trademarks and other proprietary rights; the safety and ability of our products and potential products to address medical needs; our ability to supply a sufficient amount of our marketed products or product candidates and, if approved or otherwise commercially available products, to meet demand; our costs to comply with governmental regulations; our plans for sales and marketing; our plans regarding facilities; types of regulatory frameworks we expect will be applicable to our products and potential products; and results of our scientific research. Additional risks and uncertainties related to the sale of our ceMSC assets and the related transactions contemplated by the Purchase Agreement with Mesoblast include typical business transactional risks, the risk of changing relationships with customers, suppliers or employees, the risk associated with the disposition of our ceMSC assets and the increased relative dependence on and importance of our other business including our Biosurgery business, the risk that we may not be able to fully benefit from the transactions through milestone payments or royalties, payment risks, including the risk associated with receipt of equity as consideration, in lieu of cash, and the risk of dependence on others to achieve results upon which milestone or royalty payments to us are conditioned. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected or implied by the forward-looking statements. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements for many reasons, including the factors described in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and other Periodic Reports filed on Form 10-Q, with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, you should not unduly rely on these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly revise any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Contact:

Osiris Therapeutics, Inc.

Aziz Ahmad, 443-545-1834

OsirisPR@Osiris.com

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