VANCOUVER, BC – January 13, 2014 – RepliCel Life Sciences Inc. (OTCQB: REPCF) (TSXV: RP) today announced that it has been granted a patent by Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry for hair follicle mesenchymal stem cells and their use thereof. These cells are used in RepliCel’s RCH-01 treatment for androgenetic alopecia, also known as pattern hair loss. With the issuance of this patent, RepliCel now has patents issued in Japan, the United States, Australia and the European Union protecting its technology with other jurisdictions still pending.
This patent approval is an important milestone as RepliCel’s licensing partner, Shiseido Company, prepares to conduct human clinical trials using RCH-01. Shiseido has an exclusive license to use RCH-01 in Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan and the ASEAN countries representing a population of approximately 2.1 billion people. According to the International Society of Hair Restoration (ISHR), the leading authority on hair loss treatment and restoration, almost one million patients sought treatment for hair loss in 2012. Of this number, 41% of the patients were from Asia, representing the largest single region, surpassing the United States by 15%.
David Hall, CEO of RepliCel stated, “The allowance of our first patent in Japan is significant as it protects RepliCel’s licensing partner, Shiseido Company, as they move forward with their clinical trial program in Japan. In addition, recently adopted legislation in Japan governing regenerative medicine underlines the country’s commitment to accelerate R&D and clinical pathways which could be beneficial to our Japanese partner.”
About RepliCel Life Sciences
RepliCel is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing autologous cell therapies that treat functional cellular deficits. RepliCel Tendon-01 (RCT-01) is a cell therapy for the treatment of chronic tendon injuries. RepliCel Hair-01 (RCH-01) is a cellular treatment for androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness). Shiseido Company, Limited has an exclusive geographic license for RCH-01 in certain Asian countries including Japan, China and South Korea. Both product candidates are based on RepliCel’s innovative technology which utilizes cells isolated from a patient’s own healthy hair follicles to address specific cellular deficits. For additional information please visit www.replicel.com.
About Shiseido Company, Limited
Shiseido was established in 1872 as Japan’s first Western-style pharmacy. Since then, the company has led the cosmetic technology and culture in Japan over more than 100 years. The company now aspires to become a “global player to represent Asia with origins in Japan” and operate businesses all over the world, including Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Its representative global brand, “SHISEIDO” is now sold in 89 countries and regions as of April 2013.
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This press release contains projections and forward-looking statements, as that term is defined under applicable securities laws. Statements in this press release, which are not purely historical, are forward-looking statements and include the following: (i) that the Company will conduct further human clinical trials; (ii) that ongoing research collaboration will be conducted by the Company and Shiseido for the continued improvement of the technology; (iii) that a commercial, safe and effective hair regenerative treatment will be developed and commercialized; (iv) that the Company and Shiseido will develop further improvements to the technology; (v) that the Company will undertake and enter into development and collaboration agreements for the development of its technologies; and (vi) and that the Company’s technology will rejuvenate damaged hair follicles leading to the growth of new healthy hair fibers. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks which may cause actual results and the Company’s plans and objectives to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information, including: that negative results from the Company’s clinical trials may impact further clinical trials, development, approval and commercialization of the technology; the effects of government regulation on the Company’s business, including the future development of the technology; risks associated with the Company’s ability to obtain and protect rights to its intellectual property; risks and uncertainties associated with the Company’s ability to raise additional capital; that the Company may not be able to find other parties will to participate in the development and collaboration of its technologies, and other factors beyond the Company’s control. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity or performance. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and, except as required by applicable law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all of such factors and to assess in advance the impact of such factors on the Company’s business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Readers should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factor disclosure outlined in the Company’s annual report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Edgar at www.sec.gov and with the British Columbia Securities Commission on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.