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StemCells, Inc. to Present at 2012 BIO CEO Investor Conference

NEWARK, Calif., Feb. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StemCells, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEM) announced today that President and CEO Martin McGlynn will present an update on the Company's programs and operations at the 14th Annual Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) CEO & Investor Conference to be held February 13-14 in New York City. Mr. McGlynn is scheduled to speak at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 14.

A live webcast of the presentation will be available through the Company's corporate website at http://www.stemcellsinc.com under the Investors section, and may also be accessed directly at http://www.veracast.com/webcasts/bio/ceoinvestor2012/26207291.cfm. Interested parties are encouraged to connect to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the presentation to ensure adequate time for any software downloads that may be necessary. A replay will also be accessible through the Company's website.

The Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference assembles a select group of established public biotech companies, as well as top public and private equity investors and members of the sell-side investment community, to explore the current investment landscape and opportunities in life sciences. In addition to plenary sessions and panel discussions on timely business topics and key therapeutic areas, the conference features presentations by leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as a number of nonprofit and venture philanthropy organizations. More information on the conference can be found at http://www.bio.org/bioceo.

About StemCells, Inc.

StemCells, Inc. is engaged in the research, development, and commercialization of cell-based therapeutics and tools for use in stem cell-based research and drug discovery. The Company's lead therapeutic product candidate, HuCNS-SC® cells (purified human neural stem cells), is currently in development as a potential treatment for a broad range of central nervous system disorders. Clinical trials are currently underway in spinal cord injury and in Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD), a fatal myelination disorder in children, and the Company has received authorization from the FDA to initiate a Phase I/II clinical trial in dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In addition, the Company is pursuing preclinical studies of its HuCNS-SC cells in Alzheimer's disease. StemCells also markets stem cell research products, including media and reagents, under the SC Proven® brand, and is developing stem cell-based assay platforms for use in pharmaceutical research, drug discovery and drug development. Further information about StemCells is available at http://www.stemcellsinc.com

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Apart from statements of historical fact, the text of this press release constitutes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. securities laws, and is subject to the safe harbors created therein. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the clinical development of its HuCNS-SC cells; the Company's ability to commercialize drug discovery and drug development tools; and the future business operations of the Company. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. The Company does not undertake to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date hereof. Such statements reflect management's current views and are based on certain assumptions that may or may not ultimately prove valid. The Company's actual results may vary materially from those contemplated in such forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties to which the Company is subject, including those described under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and in its subsequent reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.

CONTACT:
Rodney Young

StemCells, Inc.

Chief Financial Officer
(510) 456-4128

David Pitts

Argot Partners

(212) 600-1902