Living Cell Technologies Limited

Living Cell Technologies Limited
Company Announcement

LCT's DIABECELL® trial extension approved

17 May 2012: Sydney, Australia & Auckland, New Zealand - Living Cell Technologies Limited (ASX: LCT; OTCQX: LVCLY) has received approval from the New Zealand Minister of Health to trial a higher dose of its DIABECELL® product.

- Living Cell Technologies Limited (ASX: LCT; OTCQX: LVCLY) has received approval from the New Zealand Minister of Health to trial a higher dose of its DIABECELL® product.

A Phase 2 clinical trial of DIABECELL for treating unstable type 1 diabetes has been underway in New Zealand for two years. Establishing optimal dosage is a central aspect of the trial. This permission to proceed with the highest dose in two further patients will allow firm conclusions to be drawn about the optimum single dose. The New Zealand data combined with the results from a similar trial being conducted in Argentina, which uses two sequential doses, will ensure the optimum design of a pivotal trial. The company expects to start this in Q1 2013.

Professor Bob Elliott, LCT's Medical Director, said, "This approval, with additional ethical approval, allows us to build a more complete picture of the best procedure. Our preliminary report presented in Prague last year, which suggested more benefit from some doses than others, can be crystallised."

LCT's Phase II clinical trial groups for DIABECELL

*Trial dosage is measured in Islet Equivalents per kilogram body weight, or IEQ/kg. This is
the number of pig islet cells that are implanted into the patient's body.


For further information:

At the company:
Dr Andrea Grant, Chief Executive
Tel: +64 9 270 7941
Mobile: +64 21 078 5421

Prof Bob Elliott
Tel: +64 9 276 2690
Media enquiries:
Sally Raudon
Botica Butler Raudon Partners
Tel: +64 9 303 3862
Mobile: +64 21 402 502

About Living Cell Technologies
LCT leads the world in cell transplant research and has implemented a business model that supports the discovery and advancement of products through preclinical and early clinical development. LCT aims to secure a major pharmaceutical partner to co-develop products through Phase II and pivotal studies, and ultimately market introduction. Value is returned to LCT principally through an ownership share of downstream product profits. LCT is incorporated in Australia. Research and development, operations and manufacturing facilities are based in New Zealand.

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Source: Living Cell Technologies Limited
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