StemCyte Inc. Joins RLL as Associate Sponsor of the No. 16 IndyCar Program for Jakes Beginning with the Indy 500

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 23, 2013) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Stem­Cyte Inc., a global leader in human cord blood stem cell banking, has become an asso­ciate sponsor of the No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts Indy car driven by James Jakes in the IZOD IndyCar Series for the remainder of the 2013 season.  
 
Stem­Cyte, Inc. and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) will work to support aware­ness of umbil­ical cord blood banking and its educa­tional initia­tive ‘Stars for Stem Cells’. Cord blood stem cells are poten­tial cures for over 80 illnesses, including cancers, blood disor­ders, immune and genetic diseases, and continue be a key element in regen­er­a­tive medi­cine research.
“We are very excited about our rela­tion­ship with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” said Calvin Cole, Stem­Cyte Pres­i­dent for Commer­cial Oper­a­tions, North America. “We believe StemCyte’s brand aligns with the pioneering image of Indy Car and the cham­pi­onship spirit of Bobby Rahal. Supporting driver James Jakes and getting the word out on options for expecting parents, to secure their baby’s cord blood for future life-saving treat­ments, is very impor­tant.“
“We are always looking towards inno­va­tion in our ongoing efforts within the world of motor­sports,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  “Working with Stem­Cyte to promote aware­ness of cord blood banking and the incred­ible medical research that can advance future health­care, keeps all of us on the leading edge.”
“As drivers we take lots of risk doing what we love,” said RLL Indy car driver James Jakes. “New parents love nothing more than their chil­dren, and Stem­Cyte helps them better manage that risk by banking their babies cord blood to protect against life-threatening illnesses today and in the future.”
 
Stem­Cyte continues to educate expec­tant parents about the value of banking their child’s umbil­ical cord blood stem cells and devel­op­ment of new ther­a­pies to cure deadly and debil­i­tating illnesses. They have been adding cham­pi­onship caliber voices like RLL and deco­rated US Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller to promote aware­ness of this option to expecting fami­lies.
 
In February 2013, the team announced the addi­tion of James Jakes, 25, to the full season IndyCar Series season that will be spon­sored by Acorn Stair­lifts.  Jakes currently sits 22nd in the points standing through four events in 2013 including St. Peters­burg, Barber Motor­sports Park, Long Beach and Sao Paulo, Brazil. 
 
About Stem­Cyte Inc.
Located in the US, India and Taiwan, Stem­Cyte has estab­lished one of the largest, most racially diverse, and highest quality cord blood stem cell banks in the world.  Stem­Cyte has supplied over 1,800 cord blood units to treat over 80 life-threatening diseases in over 300 trans­plant centers world­wide.  Stem­Cyte is actively involved in the devel­op­ment of new umbil­ical cord blood-based cell ther­a­pies, supporting the largest clin­ical study for using unre­lated cord blood trans­plan­ta­tion for Thalassemia, one of the most common genetic diseases in the world, and the devel­op­ment of trials inves­ti­gating regen­er­a­tive spinal cord ther­a­pies.  Stem­Cyte is one of the only for-profit compa­nies contracted by the US Depart­ment of HHS to help contribute clin­ical grade cord blood units to the public National Cord Blood Inven­tory for unre­lated trans­plants.  Its head­quar­ters are in Covina, Cali­fornia.  To learn more visit www.StemCyte.com.
 
About Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and Browns­burg, Ind., is co-owned by three-time IndyCar Cham­pion and 1986 Indi­anapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  In 2013 the team will begin their 22nd year of open wheel compe­ti­tion and attempt to add to their 20 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice — their 29 poles and 1992 series cham­pi­onship.  The team also competes in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series as BMW Team RLL where they won both the Manu­fac­turer and Team Cham­pi­onships in the GT cate­gory in 2010 and swept all three GT titles in 2011 — Manu­fac­turer, Team and Driver. In 2012, the team finished second in the Team Cham­pi­onship and third in the Manu­fac­turer Cham­pi­onship.
 

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