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Roth Capital Partners Initiates Research Coverage of StemCells, Inc. With Buy Recommendation

NEWARK, Calif., Aug 26, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) --

StemCells, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEM) announced today that Roth Capital Partners initiated independent research coverage on the Company with a "Buy" recommendation and a price target of $5.00 per share. The report was authored by Joseph Pantginis, Ph.D., senior research analyst covering life sciences and biotechnology at Roth Capital.

Roth Capital is an investment banking firm dedicated to the small-cap public market. StemCells, Inc. does not endorse or adopt the reports, projections or statements of any analyst.

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(R) 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. In addition, the Company plans to file an IND by year-end 2011 to initiate a clinical trial of HuCNS-SC cells in age-related macular degeneration, and is also pursuing preclinical studies of its HuCNS-SC cells in Alzheimer's disease and stroke. StemCells also markets stem cell research products, including media and reagents, under the SC Proven(R)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 timing and prospects associated with filing an IND to initiate a clinical trial in age-related macular degeneration; 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.

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SOURCE: StemCells, Inc.

CONTACT: Rodney Young
Chief Financial Officer
(510) 456-4128