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 News Release - September 5, 2007

Athersys Elects Jeff Randall to Board of Directors

CLEVELAND, Sept. 5, 2007 (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Athersys, Inc. (OTC BB:AHYS.OB ) today announced that Lorin Jeffry Randall was elected to the Board of Directors and appointed as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Randall has an extensive background in the healthcare and technology industries, with over 20 years of experience as a senior executive and an independent director of private and publicly-traded companies.

Gil Van Bokkelen, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Athersys, commented: ``We are delighted to welcome Jeff to the Athersys Board and Audit Committee. His extensive senior level operational and finance experience at a broad range of established and start-up companies will serve us well at a pivotal point in our growth. Jeff's insight and knowledge also will be helpful as we continue to expand our range of therapeutic product offerings while we build shareholder value.''

Mr. Randall said, ``I am pleased to join Athersys' Board of Directors and look forward to working with the Athersys management team. I am excited about the challenge of supporting Athersys as it reaches the next level of financial and operational performance while pursuing its mission of developing best in class therapeutics that improve the quality of human life.''

Mr. Randall, a financial consultant, most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Eximias Pharmaceutical Corporation, a development-stage drug development company, from 2004 to 2006. Previously, Mr. Randall was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of i-STAT Corporation, a publicly-traded manufacturer of medical diagnostic devices which was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in 2004. He currently serves on several Boards of Directors, including Acorda Therapeutics, Inc., where he is also the Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Randall received a B.S. in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.

About Athersys, Inc.

Athersys is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of therapeutic product candidates designed to extend and enhance the quality of human life. The company's lead product candidate, ATHX-105, is an oral, selective 5HT2c receptor agonist in Phase I clinical trials for the treatment of obesity. The company is developing other orally active pharmaceutical product candidates for the treatment of metabolic and central nervous system disorders, utilizing proprietary technologies, including Random Activation of Gene Expression (RAGE). Athersys is also developing MultiStem(r), a patented adult-derived, ``off the shelf'' stem cell product platform for multiple disease indications. The company is collaborating with Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to develop MultiStem to treat damage caused by myocardial infarction and peripheral vascular disease. The company is independently developing MultiStem for bone marrow transplantation/oncology support, ischemic stroke and other indications.

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Source: Athersys

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