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Osiris Announces Scientific Manuscript Comparing Impact of Preservation Methods on Tissue Integrity and Functionality is Available Electronically in Peer-Reviewed Journal

COLUMBIA, Md., April 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. (Pink Sheets:OSIR), a leading regenerative medicine company focused on developing and marketing products for wound care, orthopedics, and sports medicine, announced today that that a new peer-reviewed manuscript entitled "Understanding the Impact of Preservation Methods on the Integrity and Functionality of Placental Allografts" has been published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery and is available on line.

Tissue allografts, including placental membranes, have a long history of clinical use for a broad variety of diseases and conditions. However, short storage time precluded widespread use of fresh tissue. Advances in tissue preservation allows practitioners to overcome the practical shortcomings facing use of fresh tissues, however, different preservation methods can lead to varying degrees of damage to the tissue components that, in turn, may have negative impact on regenerative properties of tissues. In the published study, cryopreserved viable and dehydrated irradiated devitalized placental membranes were compared in wound-relevant models in vitro to determine the effect of two different processing methods on structural and functional properties of placental tissues. Data demonstrates that the cryopreserved viable placental membrane retains intact, native matrix and viable cells comparable to fresh tissue and responds to chronic wound stimuli in in vitro in a manner equivalent to fresh tissue. Dehydration and radiation causes alterations of placental tissue structure and loss of cellular viability that correlates with a decrease in functionality. The study's results conclude that preservation of both structural and cellular integrity of fresh placental tissue is required for full retention of regenerative potential of the tissues.

About Osiris Therapeutics
Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., based in Columbia, Maryland, is a world leader in researching, developing, and marketing regenerative medicine products that improve health and lives of patients and lower overall healthcare costs. Having developed the world's first approved stem cell drug, the Company continues to advance its research and development in biotechnology by focusing on innovation in regenerative medicine — including bioengineering, stem cell research and viable tissue based products. Osiris has achieved commercial success with products in wound care, orthopedics, and sports medicine, including Grafix®, Stravix®, BIO4®, and Cartiform®. Osiris, Grafix, Stravix and Cartiform are registered trademarks of Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., and BIO4 is a registered trademark of Howmedica Osteonics Corp. Osiris makes no claims concerning functional activities of Grafix or Stravix. Although well characterized in scientific literature and studies, preservation of tissue integrity including cells may not be indicative of clinical outcome. More information can be found on the Company's website, (OSIR-G)

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Diane SavoieOsiris Therapeutics, Inc.

(443) 545-1834

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