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Advanced Cell Technology Praises Federal Appeals Court Ruling Allowing for Continued Federal Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Ruling Could Provide Tremendous Boost to Regenerative Medicine Industry

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — May 2, 2011 – Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. (“ACT”; OTCBB: ACTC), a leader in the field of regenerative medicine, today issued a statement about Friday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on the legality of using federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. The ruling lifted an injunction which was imposed last year by a federal judge, who indicated that all embryonic stem cell research violated congressional spending laws.

Gary Rabin, interim chairman and CEO of ACT, read the statement:

“We applaud this federal court ruling and see it as a watershed moment for the regenerative medicine space. While ACT is not and never has been dependant on federal funding, we feel such funding is appropriate and could provide a tremendous boost to the industry. Many more researchers will hopefully now be able to engage in federally-funded research using our products, particularly stem cell lines derived using our patented “embryo-safe” blastomere technique for generating embryonic stem cells without damage to the embryo. We are very encouraged and will continue to work with the National Institutes of Health toward securing approval for federal funding of our embryonic stem cell lines derived using our blastomere technique.”

About Advanced Cell Technology, Inc.
Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. is a biotechnology company applying cellular technology in the field of regenerative medicine. For more information, visit http://www.advancedcell.com.

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Bill Douglass, 646-450-3615
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Bill Douglass
646-450-3615

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