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Heidi Hagen Joins Aastrom Board of Directors

August 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aastrom Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:ASTM), the leading developer of patient-specific, expanded multicellular therapies for the treatment of severe, chronic cardiovascular diseases, announced today that Heidi Hagen has joined the Aastrom Board of Directors.

Ms. Hagen is global chief operating officer at Sotio LLC, a biotechnology company developing new therapies for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases using its immunotherapy platform and proprietary cell-based technologies. Previously Ms. Hagen was senior vice president, operations, at Dendreon Corporation, where she was responsible for, among other duties, manufacturing and supply chain operations. Prior to joining Dendreon, Ms. Hagen spent nearly ten years at Immunex Corporation, where she held several positions in drug development and supply chain and operations management. Ms. Hagen earned her B.S. in cell and molecular biology, M.S. in bioengineering, and MBA at the University of Washington.

"With her outstanding technical and managerial experience in global operations in cellular and regenerative medicine, Heidi Hagen will play an important role in helping to advance our business strategies and maximize global commercial opportunities for Aastrom in the years ahead," said Robert L. Zerbe, M.D., chairman of the Aastrom Board of Directors. "We very much look forward to working with Heidi as a member of our Board."

"I am very pleased to be joining the Aastrom Board of Directors during this exciting time in the company's history," said Ms. Hagen. "Aastrom is well-positioned to advance its lead product, ixmyelocel-T, through the clinical development process in several important areas of unmet medical need, including the treatment of severe cardiovascular diseases such as advanced heart failure due to ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy. I look forward to contributing to the continuing plans to maximize these opportunities for patients and Aastrom's shareholders."

About Aastrom Biosciences

Aastrom Biosciences is the leader in developing patient-specific, expanded multicellular therapies for use in the treatment of patients with severe, chronic cardiovascular diseases. The company's proprietary cell-processing technology enables the manufacture of ixmyelocel-T, a patient-specific multicellular therapy expanded from a patient's own bone marrow and delivered directly to damaged tissues.  Aastrom has advanced ixmyelocel-T into late-stage clinical development, including a Phase 2b clinical trial in patients with ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy. For more information, please visit Aastrom's website at

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