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HAIFA, Israel, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq:PSTI) (TASE:PSTI), a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products, today announced that its previously signed and announced term sheet for an investment into Pluristem of approximately $30,000,000 by China-based Innovative Medical Management Co., Ltd., has been approved by Innovative Medical’s Board of Directors and its shareholders. As a result of these approvals, the Term Sheet is now a binding agreement. The parties plan to enter into definitive agreements no later than December 26, 2016. Until the earlier of December 26, 2016 or the entry into the definitive agreements, Pluristem has agreed not to enter into any agreement or arrangement regarding equity financing of the company at a common stock price per share equal to or less than $2.20, without the prior written consent of Innovative Medical. Pluristem plans to use the proceeds from the expected investment to support its late-stage clinical trials. Pursuant to the binding Term Sheet, approximately 16,890,000 shares of Pluristem’s common stock will be sold at $1.77 per share. In addition, Pluristem will issue to Innovative Medical approximately 4,422,500 warrants to purchase shares of Pluristem’s common stock with an exercise price of $2.50 per warrant, exercisable for a period of five years. The shares will be subject to a lock up agreement for 6 months after the closing of the agreement. In accordance with the Term Sheet, Innovative Medical will have one seat on Pluristem’s Board of Directors for as long as it holds at least 12.5% of Pluristem’s issued and outstanding stock. Innovative Medical will also have certain information, registration and preemptive rights, as well as certain negotiation rights with respect to potential transactions of Pluristem in China. The securities that may be sold in the proposed private placement have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. Pursuant to the Term Sheet, Pluristem has agreed to file a registration statement with the SEC registering the resale of the shares of common stock purchased in the private placement and the shares of common stock underlying the warrants. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy Pluristem’s securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. About Innovative Medical and Zheshang Venture Capital Co., Ltd. (“ZSVC”)  Innovative Medical (stock code: 002173) was founded in September 2003. It completed an IPO and listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on September 25, 2007. Its main business is a combination of healthcare service, hospital management, scientific research, and pearl culture and design. Innovative Medical owns 3 major hospitals in China: Qiqihar Jianhua Hospital, Zhejiang Haining Kanghua Hospital and Jiangsu Futian Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals have more than 2,100 professional staff and 2,300 clinical beds. ZSVC is one of the most active venture capital firms in China. ZSVC’s executives have extensive industrial and managerial experience, as well as a deep understanding of private equity investments. A leading investment management firm in China, ZSVC was founded in November 2007, and is headquartered in Hangzhou, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Shenyang and San Francisco. In November 2015, ZSVC became a publicly listed company in China (stock code: 834089). Pluristem is a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products. It has reported robust clinical trial data in multiple indications for its patented PLX (PLacental eXpanded) cells. The cell products release a range of therapeutic proteins in response to inflammation, ischemia, hematological disorders, and radiation damage. PLX cell products are grown using Pluristem's proprietary three-dimensional expansion technology. They are off-the-shelf, requiring no tissue matching prior to administration. Pluristem has a strong intellectual property position; company-owned and operated, GMP-certified manufacturing and research facilities; strategic relationships with major research institutions; and a seasoned management team. This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other U.S. Federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those statements regarding Pluristem’s proposed private placement of its common stock and warrants, the terms of such offering, the plan to enter into definitive agreements and the expected use of proceeds.  Although the Term Sheet is binding, Pluristem may not be successful in negotiating definitive documentation by the date expected or at all, and even if successful, the sale of shares and warrants may not be completed if the conditions to closing such sale are not met. These forward-looking statements and their implications are based on the current expectations of the management of Pluristem only, and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in Pluristem's reports filed from time to time with the SEC. Except as otherwise required by law, Pluristem undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


HAIFA, Israel, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq:PSTI) (TASE:PSTI), a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products, today announced that its previously signed and announced term sheet for an investment into Pluristem of approximately $30,000,000 by China-based Innovative Medical Management Co., Ltd., has been approved by Innovative Medical’s Board of Directors and its shareholders. As a result of these approvals, the Term Sheet is now a binding agreement. The parties plan to enter into definitive agreements no later than December 26, 2016. Until the earlier of December 26, 2016 or the entry into the definitive agreements, Pluristem has agreed not to enter into any agreement or arrangement regarding equity financing of the company at a common stock price per share equal to or less than $2.20, without the prior written consent of Innovative Medical. Pluristem plans to use the proceeds from the expected investment to support its late-stage clinical trials. Pursuant to the binding Term Sheet, approximately 16,890,000 shares of Pluristem’s common stock will be sold at $1.77 per share. In addition, Pluristem will issue to Innovative Medical approximately 4,422,500 warrants to purchase shares of Pluristem’s common stock with an exercise price of $2.50 per warrant, exercisable for a period of five years. The shares will be subject to a lock up agreement for 6 months after the closing of the agreement. In accordance with the Term Sheet, Innovative Medical will have one seat on Pluristem’s Board of Directors for as long as it holds at least 12.5% of Pluristem’s issued and outstanding stock. Innovative Medical will also have certain information, registration and preemptive rights, as well as certain negotiation rights with respect to potential transactions of Pluristem in China. The securities that may be sold in the proposed private placement have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. Pursuant to the Term Sheet, Pluristem has agreed to file a registration statement with the SEC registering the resale of the shares of common stock purchased in the private placement and the shares of common stock underlying the warrants. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy Pluristem’s securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. About Innovative Medical and Zheshang Venture Capital Co., Ltd. (“ZSVC”)  Innovative Medical (stock code: 002173) was founded in September 2003. It completed an IPO and listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on September 25, 2007. Its main business is a combination of healthcare service, hospital management, scientific research, and pearl culture and design. Innovative Medical owns 3 major hospitals in China: Qiqihar Jianhua Hospital, Zhejiang Haining Kanghua Hospital and Jiangsu Futian Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals have more than 2,100 professional staff and 2,300 clinical beds. ZSVC is one of the most active venture capital firms in China. ZSVC’s executives have extensive industrial and managerial experience, as well as a deep understanding of private equity investments. A leading investment management firm in China, ZSVC was founded in November 2007, and is headquartered in Hangzhou, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Shenyang and San Francisco. In November 2015, ZSVC became a publicly listed company in China (stock code: 834089). Pluristem is a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products. It has reported robust clinical trial data in multiple indications for its patented PLX (PLacental eXpanded) cells. The cell products release a range of therapeutic proteins in response to inflammation, ischemia, hematological disorders, and radiation damage. PLX cell products are grown using Pluristem's proprietary three-dimensional expansion technology. They are off-the-shelf, requiring no tissue matching prior to administration. Pluristem has a strong intellectual property position; company-owned and operated, GMP-certified manufacturing and research facilities; strategic relationships with major research institutions; and a seasoned management team. This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other U.S. Federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those statements regarding Pluristem’s proposed private placement of its common stock and warrants, the terms of such offering, the plan to enter into definitive agreements and the expected use of proceeds.  Although the Term Sheet is binding, Pluristem may not be successful in negotiating definitive documentation by the date expected or at all, and even if successful, the sale of shares and warrants may not be completed if the conditions to closing such sale are not met. These forward-looking statements and their implications are based on the current expectations of the management of Pluristem only, and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in Pluristem's reports filed from time to time with the SEC. Except as otherwise required by law, Pluristem undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


HAIFA, Israel, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq:PSTI) (TASE:PSTI), a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products, today announced that its previously signed and announced term sheet for an investment into Pluristem of approximately $30,000,000 by China-based Innovative Medical Management Co., Ltd., has been approved by Innovative Medical’s Board of Directors and its shareholders. As a result of these approvals, the Term Sheet is now a binding agreement. The parties plan to enter into definitive agreements no later than December 26, 2016. Until the earlier of December 26, 2016 or the entry into the definitive agreements, Pluristem has agreed not to enter into any agreement or arrangement regarding equity financing of the company at a common stock price per share equal to or less than $2.20, without the prior written consent of Innovative Medical. Pluristem plans to use the proceeds from the expected investment to support its late-stage clinical trials. Pursuant to the binding Term Sheet, approximately 16,890,000 shares of Pluristem’s common stock will be sold at $1.77 per share. In addition, Pluristem will issue to Innovative Medical approximately 4,422,500 warrants to purchase shares of Pluristem’s common stock with an exercise price of $2.50 per warrant, exercisable for a period of five years. The shares will be subject to a lock up agreement for 6 months after the closing of the agreement. In accordance with the Term Sheet, Innovative Medical will have one seat on Pluristem’s Board of Directors for as long as it holds at least 12.5% of Pluristem’s issued and outstanding stock. Innovative Medical will also have certain information, registration and preemptive rights, as well as certain negotiation rights with respect to potential transactions of Pluristem in China. The securities that may be sold in the proposed private placement have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. Pursuant to the Term Sheet, Pluristem has agreed to file a registration statement with the SEC registering the resale of the shares of common stock purchased in the private placement and the shares of common stock underlying the warrants. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy Pluristem’s securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. About Innovative Medical and Zheshang Venture Capital Co., Ltd. (“ZSVC”)  Innovative Medical (stock code: 002173) was founded in September 2003. It completed an IPO and listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on September 25, 2007. Its main business is a combination of healthcare service, hospital management, scientific research, and pearl culture and design. Innovative Medical owns 3 major hospitals in China: Qiqihar Jianhua Hospital, Zhejiang Haining Kanghua Hospital and Jiangsu Futian Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals have more than 2,100 professional staff and 2,300 clinical beds. ZSVC is one of the most active venture capital firms in China. ZSVC’s executives have extensive industrial and managerial experience, as well as a deep understanding of private equity investments. A leading investment management firm in China, ZSVC was founded in November 2007, and is headquartered in Hangzhou, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Shenyang and San Francisco. In November 2015, ZSVC became a publicly listed company in China (stock code: 834089). Pluristem is a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products. It has reported robust clinical trial data in multiple indications for its patented PLX (PLacental eXpanded) cells. The cell products release a range of therapeutic proteins in response to inflammation, ischemia, hematological disorders, and radiation damage. PLX cell products are grown using Pluristem's proprietary three-dimensional expansion technology. They are off-the-shelf, requiring no tissue matching prior to administration. Pluristem has a strong intellectual property position; company-owned and operated, GMP-certified manufacturing and research facilities; strategic relationships with major research institutions; and a seasoned management team. This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other U.S. Federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those statements regarding Pluristem’s proposed private placement of its common stock and warrants, the terms of such offering, the plan to enter into definitive agreements and the expected use of proceeds.  Although the Term Sheet is binding, Pluristem may not be successful in negotiating definitive documentation by the date expected or at all, and even if successful, the sale of shares and warrants may not be completed if the conditions to closing such sale are not met. These forward-looking statements and their implications are based on the current expectations of the management of Pluristem only, and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in Pluristem's reports filed from time to time with the SEC. Except as otherwise required by law, Pluristem undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


HAIFA, Israel, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq:PSTI) (TASE:PSTI), a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products, today announced that its previously signed and announced term sheet for an investment into Pluristem of approximately $30,000,000 by China-based Innovative Medical Management Co., Ltd., has been approved by Innovative Medical’s Board of Directors and its shareholders. As a result of these approvals, the Term Sheet is now a binding agreement. The parties plan to enter into definitive agreements no later than December 26, 2016. Until the earlier of December 26, 2016 or the entry into the definitive agreements, Pluristem has agreed not to enter into any agreement or arrangement regarding equity financing of the company at a common stock price per share equal to or less than $2.20, without the prior written consent of Innovative Medical. Pluristem plans to use the proceeds from the expected investment to support its late-stage clinical trials. Pursuant to the binding Term Sheet, approximately 16,890,000 shares of Pluristem’s common stock will be sold at $1.77 per share. In addition, Pluristem will issue to Innovative Medical approximately 4,422,500 warrants to purchase shares of Pluristem’s common stock with an exercise price of $2.50 per warrant, exercisable for a period of five years. The shares will be subject to a lock up agreement for 6 months after the closing of the agreement. In accordance with the Term Sheet, Innovative Medical will have one seat on Pluristem’s Board of Directors for as long as it holds at least 12.5% of Pluristem’s issued and outstanding stock. Innovative Medical will also have certain information, registration and preemptive rights, as well as certain negotiation rights with respect to potential transactions of Pluristem in China. The securities that may be sold in the proposed private placement have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. Pursuant to the Term Sheet, Pluristem has agreed to file a registration statement with the SEC registering the resale of the shares of common stock purchased in the private placement and the shares of common stock underlying the warrants. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy Pluristem’s securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. About Innovative Medical and Zheshang Venture Capital Co., Ltd. (“ZSVC”)  Innovative Medical (stock code: 002173) was founded in September 2003. It completed an IPO and listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on September 25, 2007. Its main business is a combination of healthcare service, hospital management, scientific research, and pearl culture and design. Innovative Medical owns 3 major hospitals in China: Qiqihar Jianhua Hospital, Zhejiang Haining Kanghua Hospital and Jiangsu Futian Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals have more than 2,100 professional staff and 2,300 clinical beds. ZSVC is one of the most active venture capital firms in China. ZSVC’s executives have extensive industrial and managerial experience, as well as a deep understanding of private equity investments. A leading investment management firm in China, ZSVC was founded in November 2007, and is headquartered in Hangzhou, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Shenyang and San Francisco. In November 2015, ZSVC became a publicly listed company in China (stock code: 834089). Pluristem is a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products. It has reported robust clinical trial data in multiple indications for its patented PLX (PLacental eXpanded) cells. The cell products release a range of therapeutic proteins in response to inflammation, ischemia, hematological disorders, and radiation damage. PLX cell products are grown using Pluristem's proprietary three-dimensional expansion technology. They are off-the-shelf, requiring no tissue matching prior to administration. Pluristem has a strong intellectual property position; company-owned and operated, GMP-certified manufacturing and research facilities; strategic relationships with major research institutions; and a seasoned management team. This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other U.S. Federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those statements regarding Pluristem’s proposed private placement of its common stock and warrants, the terms of such offering, the plan to enter into definitive agreements and the expected use of proceeds.  Although the Term Sheet is binding, Pluristem may not be successful in negotiating definitive documentation by the date expected or at all, and even if successful, the sale of shares and warrants may not be completed if the conditions to closing such sale are not met. These forward-looking statements and their implications are based on the current expectations of the management of Pluristem only, and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in Pluristem's reports filed from time to time with the SEC. Except as otherwise required by law, Pluristem undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


HAIFA, Israel, Oct. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq:PSTI)(TASE:PSTI), a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products, today announced it has signed a term sheet for an investment of approximately $30,000,000 by China-based Innovative Medical Management Co., Ltd. (Innovative Medical) (stock code: 002173), a publicly listed Chinese Company active in the healthcare industry and an affiliate of Zheshang Venture Capital Co., Ltd. (ZSVC) (stock code: 834089). ZSVC has ¥ 30 billion yuan ($4.45 billion) under management through more than 30 venture capital, private equity, angel, and buyout funds.  The term sheet has been approved by Innovative Medical’s Board of Directors and is subject to its shares holders’ approval, which is expected to occur on or about November 9, 2016. Upon the approval of Innovative Medical’s shareholders, the term sheet will become binding. Pursuant to the term sheet, approximately 16,890,000 shares of Pluristem common stock will be sold at $1.77 per share. In addition, Pluristem will issue to Innovative Medical approximately 4,422,500 warrants to purchase shares of Pluristem’s common stock with an exercise price of $2.50 per warrant, exercisable for a period of five years.  The shares will be subject to a lock up agreement for 6 months after the closing of the agreement. In accordance with the term sheet, Innovative Medical will have one seat on Pluristem’s Board of Directors for as long as it holds at least 12.5% of Pluristem’s issued and outstanding stock. Innovative Medical will also have certain information, registration and pre-emptive rights as well as certain negotiation rights with respect to potential transactions of Pluristem in China. The parties plan to enter into definitive agreements no later than December 26, 2016. Until the earlier of December 26, 2016 or the entry into the definitive agreements, Pluristem has agreed not to enter into any agreement or arrangement regarding equity financing of the company at a common stock price per share equal to or less than $2.20, without the prior written consent of Innovative Medical. The securities which may be sold in the proposed private placement have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. Pursuant to the term sheet, Pluristem has agreed to file a registration statement with the SEC registering the resale of the shares of common stock purchased in the private placement and the shares of common stock underlying the warrants. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy Pluristem’s securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. About Innovative Medical Co. and ZSVC Innovative Medical Management Co., Ltd (stock code: 002173) was founded in September 2003. The company completed an IPO and listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on 25th September, 2007. Its main business is a combination of healthcare service, hospital management, scientific research, and pearl culture and design. Innovative Medical owns 3 major hospitals in China: Qiqihar Jianhua Hospital, Zhejiang Haining Kanghua Hospital and Jiangsu Futian Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals have more than 2,100 professional staff and 2,300 clinical beds. ZSVC is one of the most active venture capital firms in China. Company executives have extensive industrial and managerial experience, as well as a deep understanding of private equity investments. A leading investment management firm in China, Zheshang Venture Capital (ZSVC) was founded in November 2007, and is headquartered in Hangzhou, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Shenyang and San Francisco. In November 2015, ZSVC became a publicly listed company in China (stock code: 834089). Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. is a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products. The Company has reported robust clinical trial data in multiple indications for its patented PLX (PLacental eXpanded) cells and is entering late-stage trials in several indications. The cell products release a range of therapeutic proteins in response to inflammation, ischemia, hematological disorders, and radiation damage. PLX cell products are grown using the Company's proprietary three-dimensional expansion technology. They are off-the-shelf, requiring no tissue matching prior to administration. Pluristem has a strong intellectual property position; Company-owned and operated, GMP-certified manufacturing and research facilities; strategic relationships with major research institutions; and a seasoned management team. This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other U.S. Federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to those statements regarding Pluristem’s proposed private placement of its common stock and warrants, the terms of such offering, the plan to enter into definitive agreements, as well the expected approval of Innovative Medical shareholders of the term sheet. Shareholder approval may not obtained on the expected date or at all.  Further, although Pluristem has signed a term sheet, it may not be successful in negotiating definitive documentation by the date expected or at all, and even if successful, the sale of shares and warrants may not be completed if the conditions to closing such sale are not met. These forward-looking statements and their implications are based on the current expectations of the management of Pluristem only, and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in Pluristem's reports filed from time to time with the SEC. Except as otherwise required by law, Pluristem undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


HAIFA, Israel, Oct. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq:PSTI)(TASE:PSTI), a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products, today announced it has signed a term sheet for an investment of approximately $30,000,000 by China-based Innovative Medical Management Co., Ltd. (Innovative Medical) (stock code: 002173), a publicly listed Chinese Company active in the healthcare industry and an affiliate of Zheshang Venture Capital Co., Ltd. (ZSVC) (stock code: 834089). ZSVC has ¥ 30 billion yuan ($4.45 billion) under management through more than 30 venture capital, private equity, angel, and buyout funds.  The term sheet has been approved by Innovative Medical’s Board of Directors and is subject to its shares holders’ approval, which is expected to occur on or about November 9, 2016. Upon the approval of Innovative Medical’s shareholders, the term sheet will become binding. Pursuant to the term sheet, approximately 16,890,000 shares of Pluristem common stock will be sold at $1.77 per share. In addition, Pluristem will issue to Innovative Medical approximately 4,422,500 warrants to purchase shares of Pluristem’s common stock with an exercise price of $2.50 per warrant, exercisable for a period of five years.  The shares will be subject to a lock up agreement for 6 months after the closing of the agreement. In accordance with the term sheet, Innovative Medical will have one seat on Pluristem’s Board of Directors for as long as it holds at least 12.5% of Pluristem’s issued and outstanding stock. Innovative Medical will also have certain information, registration and pre-emptive rights as well as certain negotiation rights with respect to potential transactions of Pluristem in China. The parties plan to enter into definitive agreements no later than December 26, 2016. Until the earlier of December 26, 2016 or the entry into the definitive agreements, Pluristem has agreed not to enter into any agreement or arrangement regarding equity financing of the company at a common stock price per share equal to or less than $2.20, without the prior written consent of Innovative Medical. The securities which may be sold in the proposed private placement have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. Pursuant to the term sheet, Pluristem has agreed to file a registration statement with the SEC registering the resale of the shares of common stock purchased in the private placement and the shares of common stock underlying the warrants. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy Pluristem’s securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. About Innovative Medical Co. and ZSVC Innovative Medical Management Co., Ltd (stock code: 002173) was founded in September 2003. The company completed an IPO and listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on 25th September, 2007. Its main business is a combination of healthcare service, hospital management, scientific research, and pearl culture and design. Innovative Medical owns 3 major hospitals in China: Qiqihar Jianhua Hospital, Zhejiang Haining Kanghua Hospital and Jiangsu Futian Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals have more than 2,100 professional staff and 2,300 clinical beds. ZSVC is one of the most active venture capital firms in China. Company executives have extensive industrial and managerial experience, as well as a deep understanding of private equity investments. A leading investment management firm in China, Zheshang Venture Capital (ZSVC) was founded in November 2007, and is headquartered in Hangzhou, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Shenyang and San Francisco. In November 2015, ZSVC became a publicly listed company in China (stock code: 834089). Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. is a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products. The Company has reported robust clinical trial data in multiple indications for its patented PLX (PLacental eXpanded) cells and is entering late-stage trials in several indications. The cell products release a range of therapeutic proteins in response to inflammation, ischemia, hematological disorders, and radiation damage. PLX cell products are grown using the Company's proprietary three-dimensional expansion technology. They are off-the-shelf, requiring no tissue matching prior to administration. Pluristem has a strong intellectual property position; Company-owned and operated, GMP-certified manufacturing and research facilities; strategic relationships with major research institutions; and a seasoned management team. This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other U.S. Federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to those statements regarding Pluristem’s proposed private placement of its common stock and warrants, the terms of such offering, the plan to enter into definitive agreements, as well the expected approval of Innovative Medical shareholders of the term sheet. Shareholder approval may not obtained on the expected date or at all.  Further, although Pluristem has signed a term sheet, it may not be successful in negotiating definitive documentation by the date expected or at all, and even if successful, the sale of shares and warrants may not be completed if the conditions to closing such sale are not met. These forward-looking statements and their implications are based on the current expectations of the management of Pluristem only, and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in Pluristem's reports filed from time to time with the SEC. Except as otherwise required by law, Pluristem undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


Zhang Y.,Sun Yat Sen University | Wan S.,Southern Medical University | Ge J.,Sun Yat Sen University | Zhang X.,Southern Medical University | Zhang X.,Kanghua Hospital
Brain Research | Year: 2012

We investigated optic nerve and geniculocalcarine tract (GCT) in acquired blindness (AB) using routine cranium magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging. Twenty individuals with AB were compared with 20 normally sighted (NS) individuals. The transverse diameters of optic nerves in NS were significantly bigger than the AB participants in T1WI maps. AB participants had higher mean diffusivity and transverse diffusivity and lower fractional anisotropy and primary diffusivity in the optic nerve. This pattern of diffusion change suggests axonal degeneration or atrophy of nerve fibers. No diffusion-index alterations in the GCT were found between AB participants and NS controls. White matter integrity remained normal in the GCT. Thus, the GCT may not rely on visual afferent input to maintain integrity after development. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Zhang Y.,Sun Yat Sen University | Wan S.-H.,Southern Medical University | Wu G.-J.,Southern Medical University | Zhang X.-L.,Southern Medical University | Zhang X.-L.,Kanghua Hospital
International Journal of Ophthalmology | Year: 2012

AIM: To investigate the visual pathway in normal subjects and patients with lesion involved by diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and diffusion tensor tractography (DTT). METHODS: Thirty normal volunteers, 3 subjects with orbital tumors involved the optic nerve (ON) and 33 subjects with occipital lobe tumors involved the optic radiation (OR) (10 gliomas, 6 meningiom as and 17 cerebral metastases) undertook routine cranium magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), DTI and DTT. Visual pathway fibers were analy zed by DTI and DTT images. Test fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD) values in different part of the visual pathway. RESULTS: The whole visual pathway but optic chiasm manifested as hyperintensity in FA maps and homogenous green signal in the direction encoded color maps. The optic chiasm did not display clearly. There was no significant difference between the bilateral FA values and MD values of normal visual pathway but optic chiasm, which the FA values tested were much too low (all P>0.05). The ONs of subjects with orbital tumors were compressed and displaced. Only one subject had lower FA values and higher MD values. OR of 9 gliom as subjects were infiltrated, with displacement in 2 and disruption in 7 subjects. All OR in 6 meniongiomas subjects were displaced. OR in 17 cerebral metastases subjects all developed displacement while 7 of them had disruption also. CONCLUSION: MR-DTI is highly sensitive inmanifesting visual pathway. Visual pathway can be analyzed quantitatively in FA and MD values. DTT supplies accurate three dimensional conform ations of visual pathway. But optic chiasm's manifestation still needs to improve. Copyright International Journal of Ophthalmology Press. Copyright International Journal of Ophthalmology Press.


Fang G.,Southern Medical University | Ding Z.,Southern Medical University | Song Z.,Kanghua Hospital
Pain Physician | Year: 2016

Background: Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) is a standard technique for the treatment of lumbar disc hernia. Thus far, most surgeons have recommended local anesthesia. However, in clinical practice, some patients experience pain and are unable to cooperate with the surgery during intervertebral foramen hemp expansion. The use of general anesthesia may create a greater risk of complications because of nerve root anomalies; thus, intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring should be utilized. Reports regarding the use of epidural anesthesia are few in comparison. Objective: To investigate the risks and contingency plans of epidural anesthesia in lumbar transforaminal endoscopic surgery. Study Design: A retrospective analysis of all lumbar transforaminal endoscopic surgeries performed from 2010 to 2014. Setting: Kanghua hospital. Methods: Patients treated with local and epidural anesthesia were divided into 2 groups. In local anesthesia group (A) and local anesthesia group (B), 0.5% lidocaine and 0.25% ropivacaine was administered, respectively. The incidences of complications, including urological complications, in each surgical group as well as Oswestry disability idex (ODI) improvement rates, postoperative patient satisfaction rates, and x-ray exposure times were assessed. Results: From 2010 to 2014, there were 286 cases of lumbar transforaminal endoscopic surgeries, 121 cases utilizing local anesthesia and 165 cases utilizing epidural anesthesia. In cases in which neurological complications occurred after surgery, 15 cases involved nerve root numbness, including one case of foot drop and 2 cases of cerebrospinal leakage in the local anesthesia group, which accounted for 12.4% of group A. However, in the epidural anesthesia group, which accounted for 9.70% of group B, there were 16 cases of nerve root numbness, including 2 cases of foot drop and 2 cases of cerebrospinal leakage. No significant difference was detected in the incidence of neurological complications between the 2 groups (P > 0.05). The ODI improvement rates were 86.0% in the local anesthesia group and 85.4% in the epidural anesthesia group (P > 0.05). The average x-ray exposure times were 14.7 seconds and 16 seconds in the local anesthesia group and epidural anesthesia group, respectively (P > 0.05). The postoperative patient satisfaction rates were 73.6% and 91% in the local anesthesia group and epidural anesthesia group, respectively (P < 0.001). Limitations: This was a single-blind study, and the complications observed were related to the learning curve; all these factors may lead to biases. Conclusions: Epidural anesthesia in transforaminal lumbar surgery is feasible and safe, and no significant difference in neurological complications was observed between the epidural anesthesia and the local anesthesia groups. However, for the patients concerned, the postoperative patient satisfaction rate was significantly greater in the epidural anesthesia group. It is noteworthy that the x-ray exposure times of the groups were not significantly different. © 2016, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. All rights reserved.


Wan C.,Kanghua Hospital
Chinese Journal of Clinical Oncology | Year: 2011

Objective: To observe the application of the united detection of tumor markers in the diagnosis and prognosis of colon cancer. Methods: Up to 102 patients with colon cancer from 2007 to 2010 in kanghua hospital were enrolled and 50 healthy donors were used as the control. The levels of CEA, CA125, CA19-9, and CA724 were detected whereas their relationship with the clinical stages and the degrees of differentiation of rectal and colorectal carcinoma was analyzed. The effects of the united detection on the susceptibility and specificity were observed. Results: The levels of CEA, CA125, CA19-9, and CA724 in patients with colon cancer were significantly higher than that in the control group. The levels of the tumor markers were also correlated with the clinical stages and degrees of differentiation. The united detection of tumor markers could significantly improve the susceptibility and specificity. Conclusion: The united detection of serum tumor markers could be conducted to diagnose and prognosticate patients with colon cancer.

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