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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – StemCells today said that it intends to place common stock and warrants with two institutional investors with the aim of raising $20 million in gross proceeds.

Greg Schiffman will join StemCells as chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance in January.

The firm is placing 7 million shares with a private investment partnership. It has not stated its intended use for the proceeds.

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StemCells said the restructuring will support the growth of the stem cell culture and cell-based assay platforms it inherited as part of its estimated $4.8 million acquisition of SCS in April.

StemCells plans to invest in Stem Cell Sciences' operational facilities in Cambridge, UK, in order to provide cell-based assay services to the drug discovery industry there, according to SCS' CEO.

StemCells, which is focused on developing tissue-derived cellular products for therapeutic uses, gains cell-based drug discovery technologies through the $4.8 million deal.

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