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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Editas Medicine, Inc. (NASDAQ:EDIT), a leading genome editing company, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016, and provided an update on recent accomplishments and upcoming events.

“We have made significant progress this year in building Editas as a company and in advancing both our pipeline and platform,” said Katrine Bosley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Editas Medicine. “We are excited by the new data from our Duchenne muscular dystrophy program, as well as the additional results from our LCA10 program and our new data in hematopoietic stem cells. In addition, we were also delighted to announce our agreement with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics to discover and develop genomic medicines aimed at correcting the underlying mutations in this debilitating disease.”

Recent Highlights

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First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2016 were $229.2 million, compared to $143.2 million at December 31, 2015. This includes total net proceeds of approximately $97.7 million from the Company's initial public offering of its common stock in February 2016.

For the first quarter 2016, net loss attributable to common stockholders was $17.8 million, or $0.80 per share, compared to $5.4 million, or $2.75 per share, for the same period in 2015.

Conference Call

The Editas management team will host a conference call and webcast today at 8:30 a.m. ET to provide and discuss a corporate update and first quarter 2016 financial results. To access the call, please dial 877-809-6321 (domestic) or 615-247-0223 (international) and provide the passcode 97848711. A live webcast of the call will be available on the Investors & Media section of the Editas website at

About Editas Medicine

Editas Medicine is a leading genome editing company dedicated to treating patients with genetically-defined diseases by correcting their disease-causing genes. The Company was founded by world leaders in genome editing, and its mission is to translate the promise of genome editing science into a broad class of transformative genomic medicines to benefit the greatest number of patients.

Forward-Looking Statements

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