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Aastrom Biosciences Changes Name to Vericel Corporation
Date: Nov 24, 2014
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Featured firm in this article: Vericel Corporation of Cambridge, MA

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., November 24, 2014 - Aastrom Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTM), a leading developer of patient-specific expanded cellular therapies for the treatment of severe diseases and conditions, today announced the change of its corporate name to Vericel Corporation ("Vericel"), effective immediately. The name change has been approved by the company's shareholders. In conjunction with this change, the company has moved its headquarters to Cambridge, Massachusetts, site of its commercial manufacturing facility. Vericel also will maintain operations and several key corporate functions in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"Our new corporate name best reflects the nature of our business moving forward as a commercial-stage specialty biologics company with a robust portfolio of marketed and late-stage cell therapy products," said Nick Colangelo, president and chief executive officer of Vericel. "Moving our headquarters to Cambridge also is an important step because it puts us in one of the most vibrant centers for biotechnology and regenerative medicine in the world and allows us to access world-class talent and technologies as we continue to grow our company."

The company's common stock will begin trading tomorrow, November 25, 2014, at market open on the NASDAQ Capital Market under its new stock ticker symbol "VCEL". The new CUSIP number for the company's common stock is 92346J108 following the name and ticker change.

About Vericel Corporation

Vericel Corporation (formerly Aastrom Biosciences, Inc.) is a leader in developing patient-specific expanded cellular therapies for use in the treatment of patients with severe diseases and conditions. The company markets two autologous cell therapy products in the United States: Carticel® (autologous cultured chondrocytes), an autologous chondrocyte implant product for the treatment of cartilage defects in the knee, and Epicel® (cultured epidermal autografts), an autologous permanent skin replacement for the treatment of severe burns. Vericel is also developing MACIā„¢, a third-generation autologous chondrocyte implant for the treatment of cartilage defects in the knee, and ixmyelocel-T, a patient-specific multicellular therapy for the treatment of advanced heart failure due to ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy. For more information, please visit the company's new website at

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