Athersys to Present at New York Stem Cell Summit '13

Athersys to Present at New York Stem Cell Summit '13

CLEVELAND, Feb. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Athersys, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATHX)
announced today that it will present at the 8^th Annual New York Stem Cell
Summit '13 Conference to be held Tuesday, February 19, 2013, in New York City.

As part of a panel entitled, "Disrupting the Pharma Model with Allogeneic Stem
Cell Therapies," Athersys' participation is as follows:

Event:    8^th Annual New York Stem Cell Summit '13
Date:     Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Time:     9:10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
Location: Battery Gardens in Battery Park, New York

About Athersys

Athersys is a clinical stage biotechnology company engaged in the discovery
and development of therapeutic product candidates designed to extend and
enhance the quality of human life. The Company is developing its MultiStem^®
cell therapy product, a patented, adult-derived "off-the-shelf" stem cell
product platform for disease indications in the cardiovascular, neurological,
inflammatory and immune disease areas. The Company currently has several
clinical stage programs involving MultiStem, including for treating
inflammatory bowel disease, ischemic stroke, damage caused by myocardial
infarction, and for the prevention of graft-versus-host disease. Athersys has
also developed a diverse portfolio that includes other technologies and
product development opportunities, and has forged strategic partnerships and
collaborations with leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as
well as world-renowned research institutions in the United States and Europe
to further develop its platform and products. More information is available at
www.athersys.com.

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CONTACT: William (B.J.) Lehmann, J.D.
         President and Chief Operating Officer
         Tel: (216) 431-9900
         bjlehmann@athersys.com
        
         Investor Relations:
         Lisa M. Wilson
         In-Site Communications
         Tel: (917) 543-9932
         lwilson@insitecony.com

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