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International Stem Cell Corporation Raised Funds Through a Private Placement at Premium to Market

October 2, 2018

CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- International Stem Cell Corporation (OTCQB: ISCO) ( www.internationalstemcell.com ) (“ISCO” or “the Company”), a California-based clinical stage biotechnology company developing novel stem cell-based therapies and biomedical products, announced today that it raised $500,000 from a private investor not affiliated with the Company or its management, at a price of $1.75 per common share, which represents a premium of over 14% compared to the closing price on September 21, 2018, the date of execution of the agreement for this transaction. “I’m glad that there are committed investors, who are not only believers in our stem cell technology, but also believers in our Parkinson’s disease clinical trial progress, and who recognize our progress and our preparations for entering the phase 2 clinical trials soon”, - commented Dr. Andrey Semechkin, ISCO’s Co-Chairman and CEO. About International Stem Cell CorporationInternational Stem Cell Corporation (ISCO) is focused on the therapeutic applications of human parthenogenetic stem cells (hpSCs) and the development and commercialization of cell-based research and cosmetic products. ISCO’s core technology, parthenogenesis, results in the creation of pluripotent human stem cells from unfertilized oocytes (eggs). hpSCs avoid ethical issues associated with the use or destruction of viable human embryos. ISCO scientists have created the first parthenogenetic, homozygous stem cell line that can be a source of therapeutic cells for hundreds of millions of individuals of differing genders, ages and racial backgrounds with minimal immune rejection after transplantation. hpSCs offer the potential to create the first true stem cell bank, UniStemCell™. ISCO also produces and markets specialized cells and growth media for therapeutic research worldwide through its subsidiary Lifeline Cell Technology ( www.lifelinecelltech.com ),and stem cell-based skin care products through its subsidiary Lifeline Skin Care ( www.lifelineskincare.com ). More information is available at www.internationalstemcell.com.To subscribe to receive ongoing corporate communications, please click on the following link: http://www.b2i.us/irpass.asp?BzID=1468&to=ea&s=0 To like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for company updates and industry related news, visit: www.facebook.com/InternationalStemCellCorporation and www.twitter.com/intlstemcell.

Safe harbor statementStatements pertaining to anticipated developments, clinical studies expectations (including timing and results) potential applications for the Company’s technologies and other opportunities for the Company and its subsidiaries, along with other statements about the future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans, or prospects expressed by management constitute forward-looking statements. Any statements that are not historical fact (including, but not limited to statements that contain words such as “should,” “will,” “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimates,”) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, risks inherent in the development and/or commercialization of potential products, receipt of regulatory approvals, need and ability to obtain future capital, application of capital resources among competing uses, and maintenance of intellectual property rights. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements and as such should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the Company’s business, particularly those mentioned in the cautionary statements found in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update forward-looking statements.

Contacts:International Stem Cell CorporationRussell Kern, PhDExecutive Vice President, CSOPhone: 760-940-6383Email: ir@intlstemcell.com

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