3201 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
August 19, 2020
United States Securities and Exchange Commission
Division of Corporation Finance
100 F Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20549
Attn: Tim Buchmiller
Registration Statement on Form S-3 (Registration No. 333-244384)
Ladies and Gentlemen:
On behalf of Athersys, Inc. (the Company), the undersigned hereby requests, pursuant to Rule 461 of Regulation C promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, that the effective time of the Registration Statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-244384) (the Registration Statement) of the Company be accelerated to 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on August 21, 2020, or as soon as practicable thereafter. The Company respectfully requests that you notify Michael J. Solecki of such effectiveness by a telephone call to (216) 586-7103.
Please contact Michael J. Solecki at Jones Day at (216) 586-7103 if you have any questions concerning this matter. Thank you for your continued attention to this matter.
|Very truly yours, ATHERSYS, INC.|
|Name:||Laura K. Campbell|
|Title:||Senior Vice President of Finance|
cc: Michael J. Solecki, Esq.