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                              EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

      This Employment Agreement (the "Agreement") is entered into as of March 1,
2005, by and between AASTROM BIOSCIENCES, INC., a Michigan corporation
("Employer"), and Robert Bard ("Employee").


      1. Employer desires to employ Employee on the terms and conditions set
forth in this Agreement.

      2. Employee desires to be employed by Employer on the terms and conditions
set forth in this Agreement.


      1. DEFINITIONS. As used in this Agreement, the following terms shall have
the following meanings:

            "Acquiring Corporation" shall mean the surviving, successor or
purchasing corporation or parent corporation thereof, in a Change in Control, as
the case may be.

            "Cause" means the occurrence of any of the following events, as
determined by the Board of Directors of Employer, in good faith:

            (i) Employee's theft, material act of dishonesty or fraud, or
intentional falsification of any records of Employer;

            (ii) Employee's breach of the Aastrom Biosciences, Inc. Employee
Proprietary Information and Invention Agreement or any other agreement with the
Employer covering the use or disclosure of confidential or proprietary
information of Employer, the ownership of intellectual property or restrictions
on competition;

            (iii) Employee's gross negligence or willful misconduct in the
performance of Employee's assigned duties (but not mere unsatisfactory
performance); or

            (iv) Employee's conviction (including any plea of guilty or nolo
contendere) of a crime causing material harm to the reputation or standing of
Employer or which materially impairs Employee's ability to perform his duties
for Employer.

           "Change in Control" shall mean the occurrence of any of the

            (i) any "person" (as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act")), other
than a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities of Employer under an
employee benefit plan of Employer, becomes the "beneficial owner" (as defined in
Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of
securities of Employer representing 50% or more of (A) the outstanding


shares of common stock of Employer or (B) the combined voting power of
Employer's then-outstanding securities;

            (ii) Employer is party to a merger or consolidation which results in
the holders of voting securities of Employer outstanding immediately prior
thereto failing to continue to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by
being converted into voting securities of the surviving entity) at least 50% of
the combined voting power of the voting securities of Employer or such surviving
entity outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation; or

            (iii) the sale or disposition of all or substantially all of
Employer's assets (or consummation of any transaction having similar effect).

            "Disability" means that:

            (i) Employee has been incapacitated by bodily injury, illness or
disease so as to be prevented thereby from effectively performing Employee's

            (ii) Such incapacity shall have continued for a period of six (6)
consecutive months; and

            (iii) Such incapacity will, in the opinion of a qualified physician,
be long-term, which shall mean a period exceeding twelve (12) months.

            "Employee" means Robert Bard

            "Employer" means Aastrom Biosciences, Inc., a Michigan corporation,
and, following a Change in Control, any Successor that agrees to assume all of
the terms and provisions of this Agreement, or a Successor which otherwise
becomes bound by operation of law to this Agreement.

            "Good Reason" means the occurrence of any of the following
conditions following a Change in Control, without Employee's informed written
consent, which condition(s) remain(s) in effect ten (10) days after written
notice to Employer from Employee of such condition(s):

            (i) assignment of Employee to responsibilities or duties that are
not a Substantive Functional Equivalent of the position which Employee occupied
prior to the Change in Control;

            (ii) any decrease in Employee's base salary or target bonus amount
(subject to applicable performance requirements with respect to the actual
amount of bonus compensation earned by Employee);

            (iii) any failure by Employer to (A) continue to provide Employee
with the opportunity to participate, on terms no less favorable than those in
effect for the benefit of any employee group which customarily includes a person
holding the employment position or a comparable position with Employer then held
by Employee, in any benefit or compensation plans and programs, including, but
not limited to, Employer's life, disability, health, dental,


medical, savings, profit sharing, stock purchase and retirement plans, if any,
in which Employee was participating immediately prior to the date of the Change
in Control, or their equivalent, or (B) provide Employee with all other fringe
benefits (or their equivalent) from time to time in effect for the benefit of
any employee group which customarily includes a person holding the employment
position or a comparable position with Employer then held by Employee;

            (iv) the relocation of Employee's work place for Employer to a
location more than 50 miles from the location of the work place prior to the
Change in Control, or the imposition of travel requirements substantially more
demanding of Employee than such travel requirements existing immediately prior
to the Change in Control; or

            (v) any material breach of this Agreement by Employer.

      "Relocation Costs" shall mean the following actual out-of-pocket costs
incurred by the Employee:

            (i) Coach class airfare for Employee's family to move from Dana
Point, California to Ann Arbor, Michigan, or, in the alternative, reimbursement
of reasonable automobile operating costs (gas, tolls, etc.), not to exceed the
current IRS permitted per mile allowances, for up to two automobiles required to
move the Employee's family.

            (ii) Cost for packing, shipping, and unloading personal household
furnishings and belongings from Employee's prior residence to a new residence in
Ann Arbor, Michigan, including temporary storage as needed.

            (iii) Shipment of one personal vehicle from Dana Point, California
to Ann Arbor, Michigan, via common carrier.

            (iv) The aggregate of all of the above-described costs shall not
exceed thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) without prior written agreement of

            "Substantive Functional Equivalent" means an employment position
occupied by Employee after a Change in Control that:

            (i) is in a substantive area of competence consistent with
Employee's experience and not materially different from the position occupied by
Employee prior to the Change in Control;

            (ii) requires Employee to serve in a role and perform duties that
are functionally equivalent to those performed prior to the Change in Control
(such as, executive officer);

            (iii) carries a title that does not connote a lesser rank or
corporate role than the title held by Employee prior to the Change in Control;

            (iv) does not otherwise constitute a material, adverse change in
Employee's responsibilities or duties, as measured against Employee's
responsibilities or duties prior to the Change in Control, causing it to be of
materially lesser rank or responsibility.


            "Successor" means Employer and any successor or assign to
substantially all of its business and/or assets.

      2. EMPLOYMENT. Employer hereby engages Employee, and Employee hereby
accepts such engagement, upon the terms and conditions set forth herein.

      3. DUTIES. Employee is engaged as Vice President, Regulatory and Quality
Systems. Employee shall perform faithfully and diligently the duties customarily
performed by persons in the position for which employee is engaged, together
with such other reasonable and appropriate duties as Employer shall designate
from time to time. Employee shall devote Employee's full business time and
efforts to the rendition of such services and to the performance of such duties.
Employee shall not be entitled to provide consulting services or other business
or scientific services to any other party, without the prior written consent of


      4.1 BASE SALARY. During the term of this Agreement, as compensation for
the proper and satisfactory performance of all duties to be performed by
Employee hereunder, Employer shall pay to Employee a salary of two hundred three
thousand dollars ($203,000) per year ("Base Salary"), payable in arrears in
equal semi-monthly installments, less required deductions for state and federal
withholding tax, Social Security and all other employee taxes and payroll
deductions. The Base Salary shall be subject to review and adjustment on an
annual basis.

      4.2 CUSTOMARY FRINGE BENEFITS. Employee shall be entitled to such fringe
benefits as Employer customarily makes available to employees of Employer
engaged in the same or similar position as Employee ("Fringe Benefits"). Such
Fringe Benefits may include vacation leave, sick leave, and health insurance
coverage. Employer reserves the right to change the Fringe Benefits on a
prospective basis, at any time, effective upon delivery of written notice to

      4.3 VACATION. Employee is entitled to twenty days of vacation in each
calendar year.

      4.4 ACCUMULATION. Employee shall earn and accumulate unused vacation and
sick leave in accordance with the Company's policy in effect from time to time.
Further, Employee shall not be entitled to receive payments in lieu of Fringe
Benefits, other than for unused vacation leave earned and accumulated at the
time the employment relationship terminates.


            4.5.1 Temporary Living Allowance. Employee agrees to relocate
Employee's principal domestic residence to within fifty (50) miles of Ann Arbor,
Michigan, by December 31, 2005. For so long as Employee maintains Employee's
principal domestic residence in Dana Point, California, but in no event later
than August 31, 2005, Employer will reimburse Employee for the following costs:

            (i) Employee's actual out-of-pocket housing and related costs
(including rent, insurance, utilities, local telephone service, laundry) in Ann
Arbor, Michigan, in an aggregate amount of not more than two thousand dollars
($2,000) per calendar month.


            (ii) Employee's actual out-of-pocket costs for round trip coach
airfare travel from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to, Dana Point, California up to one
such trip per calendar week. Employee shall use reasonable best efforts to
obtain the most economical fares available for such trips.

            4.5.2 Relocation Costs. Employer shall reimburse Employee for the
Relocation Costs. The Employee shall be required to refund and pay to Employer
100% of the Relocation Costs that have been paid by the Employer on the
following terms:

            (i) If Employee's employment with Employer ceases within 24 months
after Employee commences full-time employment with Employer (the "Commencement
Date"), due to the Employee voluntarily electing to leave the employ of
Employer, or Employer terminating the Employee for Cause, Employee hereby agrees
to refund and pay to Employer 100% of the Relocation Costs that have been paid
by Employer.

            (ii) If Employer elects to terminate the employment of Employee
without Cause, then Employee shall have no obligation to refund any of the
Relocation Costs. If Employee's employment terminates due to Employee's death or
disability, then Employee shall have no obligation to refund any of the
Relocation Costs.

            (iii) With respect to any of the Relocation Costs which Employee
does become obligated to refund to Employer, as specified above, said refund
shall be made within six months after the termination of employment. Any portion
of the Relocation Costs which are obligated to be refunded by Employee, and
which are not refunded within said six (6) months, shall thereafter bear a late
payment charge of 10% per annum.

      5. TERM.

      5.1 COMMENCEMENT. The employment relationship pursuant to this Agreement
shall commence at a date to be designated by mutual agreement of the Employer
and Employee, but in any event such date shall not be later than April 1, 2005.

      5.2 TERMINATION AT WILL. Employer and Employee acknowledge and agree that
Employer's employment currently is "at will" and that their employment
relationship may be terminated by either party at any time, with or without


Employee's employment with the Company, Employee shall be entitled to be paid
salary as provided in Section 4.1 through the effective date of such
termination, as full compensation for any and all claims of Employee under this
Agreement or otherwise, except as set forth in Section 6.2.


            6.2.1 Severance. In the event Employee's employment is terminated by
Employer without Cause, or in the event of Employee's termination of employment
for Good Reason within twelve (12) months following a Change in Control, then
Employer shall pay to


Employee severance payment equal to six months of Employee's then current annual
salary rate, less customary payroll deductions. The severance payment shall be
paid in equal installments over six months in accordance with the Employer's
normal payroll periods, except that severance payments due following a Change in
Control shall be paid in a lump sum immediately following the Change in Control.

            6.2.2 Continued Medical Coverage. In the event Employee's employment
is terminated, then Employee shall be entitled to elect continued medical
insurance coverage in accordance with applicable provisions of the Consolidated
Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 ("COBRA").

            6.2.3 Right to Terminate. Employer retains and reserves the right to
terminate the employment of Employee at any time, with or without Cause. For
avoidance of doubt, said severance payment shall not be owed if Employee's
termination is for Cause, if Employee voluntarily terminates employment for
reasons other than as specified in Section 6.2.1 hereof or if Employee's
employment terminates as a result of Employee's death or disability.

            6.2.4 No Liability. No director, officer or shareholder of Employer
shall have any personal liability for the payment of any severance to Employee.

      6.3 RESIGNATION. Employee's entitlement to any compensation or benefits
under this Section 6 (other than compensation and benefits earned by Employee
through the date of Employee's termination of employment) is conditioned upon
Employee's resignation from all capacities in which Employee is then rendering
services to Employer, including from the Board of Directors and any committees
thereof on which Employee serves.

      6.4 EXCLUSIVE REMEDY. The parties acknowledge and agree that the payments
specified herein constitute Employee's sole and exclusive remedy for any alleged
injury or other damages arising out of a termination of Employee's employment
under circumstances described herein. Accordingly, as a condition to receipt of
said payments, Employee shall sign a customary and reasonable release form, in
the form attached hereto as Exhibit A, pursuant to which Employee acknowledges
and agrees that Employee has no claims against Employer or any director,
officer, shareholder or agent of Employer, or any successor in interest to
Employer, with respect to any employment matters or termination of employment
(excepting only for accrued salary, accrued vacation leave and reimbursement of
customary business expenses incurred on behalf of Employer, all in the ordinary
course of business, or any incentive sale bonus to which Employee may be
entitled, if any).


      7.1 ATTORNEYS' FEES. In the event of any dispute or breach arising with
respect to this Agreement, the party prevailing in any negotiations or
proceedings for the resolution or enforcement thereof shall be entitled to
recover from the losing party reasonable expenses, attorneys' fees and costs
incurred therein.

      7.2 AMENDMENTS. No amendment or modification of the terms or conditions of
this Agreement shall be valid unless in writing and signed by both parties
hereto. There shall be no implied-in-fact contracts modifying the terms of this
Agreement. However, the noncumulation


of benefits provision of Section 7.6 shall apply to any subsequent agreement,
unless (i) such provision is explicitly disclaimed in the subsequent agreement,
and (ii) the subsequent agreement has been authorized by the Board of Directors
of the Employer or a committee thereof.

      7.3 ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement
between the parties with respect to the employment of Employee, other than
relating to the Employer's stock option grants to Employee, the Employer's
inventions, trade secrets, and proprietary and confidential information,
competition with the Employer and solicitation of the Employer's employees. This
Agreement supersedes all prior agreements, understandings, negotiations and
representation with respect to the employment relationship.

      7.4 SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of
and be enforceable by the Employee's personal and legal representatives,
executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees, devises and

      7.5 NO LIMITATION OF REGULAR BENEFIT PLANS. This Agreement is not intended
to and shall not affect, limit or terminate any plans, programs, or arrangements
of Employer that are regularly made available to a significant number of
employees or officers of the Employer, including without limitation Employer's
stock option plans.

      7.6 NONCUMULATION OF BENEFITS. Employee may not cumulate cash severance
payments under both this Agreement and another agreement. If Employee has any
other binding written agreement with Employer which provides that, upon a Change
in Control or termination of employment, Employee shall receive one or more of
the benefits described in Sections 6 of this Agreement (i.e., the payment of
cash compensation), then with respect to those benefits the aggregate amounts
payable under this Agreement shall be reduced by the amounts paid or payable
under such other agreements.

      7.7 NO ASSIGNMENT OF BENEFITS. The rights of any person to payments or
benefits under this Agreement shall not be made subject to option or assignment,
either by voluntary or involuntary assignment or by operation of law, including
(without limitation) bankruptcy, garnishment, attachment or other creditors
process, and any action in violation of this Section 7.7 shall be void.

      7.8 NOTICES. Notices and all other communications contemplated by this
Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when
personally delivered, when mailed, if mailed by U.S. registered or certified
mail, return receipt requested and postage prepaid, or when shipped, if shipped
by nationally known reputable overnight delivery service and shipping charges
prepaid. In the case of Employee, notices shall be addressed to Employee at the
home address which he most recently communicated to the Employer, in writing. In
the case of the Employer, notices shall be addressed to its corporate
headquarters, and all notices shall be directed to the attention of its

      7.9 NO DUTY TO MITIGATE. Employee shall not be required to mitigate the
amount of any payment contemplated by this Agreement (whether by seeking
employment with a new employer or in any other manner), nor shall any such
payment be reduced by any earnings that Employee may receive from any other
source except as otherwise provided herein.


      7.10 NO REPRESENTATIONS. Employee acknowledges that in entering into this
Agreement Employee is not relying and has not relied on any promise,
representation or statement made by or on behalf of the Employer which is not
set forth in this Agreement.

      7.11 CHOICE OF LAW. The validity, interpretation, construction and
performance of this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of
Michigan, without regard to its choice of law rules.

      7.12 WAIVER. Either party's failure to enforce any provision of this
Agreement shall not in any way be construed as a waiver of any such provision,
or prevent that party thereafter from enforcing each and every other provision
of this Agreement.

      7.13 SEVERABLE PROVISIONS. The provisions of this Agreement are severable,
and if any one or more provisions may be determined to be judicially
unenforceable, in whole or in part, the remaining provisions shall nevertheless
be binding and enforceable.

      7.14 TAX WITHHOLDING. The payments to be made pursuant to this Agreement
will be subject to customary withholding of applicable income and employment

      7.15 CONSULTATION. Employee acknowledges that this Agreement confers
significant legal rights on Employee, and also involves Employee waiving other
potential rights he might have under other agreements and laws. Employee
acknowledges that Employer has encouraged Employee to consult with Employee's
own legal, tax, and financial advisers before signing the Agreement; and that
Employee has had adequate time to do so before signing this Agreement.

      7.16 COUNTERPARTS. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, and
each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together will
constitute one and the same instrument.

      7.17 EXCESS PARACHUTE PAYMENT. In the event that any payment or benefit
received or to be received by Employee pursuant to this Agreement or otherwise
would subject Employee to any excise tax pursuant to Section 4999 of the Code
due to the characterization of such payment or benefit as an excess parachute
payment under Section 280G of the Code, Employee may elect in his sole
discretion to reduce the amounts of any payments or benefits otherwise called
for under this Agreement in order to avoid such characterization.


            7.18.5 Administrator. The administrator for purposes of the
severance payments provided by Section 6.2 of this Agreement shall be the
Employer ("Administrator"), whose address is 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr., P.O. Box
376, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106, and whose telephone number is 734-930-5555. The
"Named Fiduciary" as defined in Section 402(a)(2) of ERISA, also shall be the
Employer. The Employer shall have the right to designate one or more employees
as the Administrator and the Named Fiduciary at any time, and to change the
address and telephone number of the same. The Employer shall give the Employee
written notice of any change in the Administrator and Named Fiduciary, or in the
address or telephone number of the same.


            7.18.6 Claims. The Administrator shall make all determinations as to
the right of any person to receive benefits under this Agreement. Any denial by
the Administrator of a claim for benefits by the Employee ("the claimant") shall
be stated in writing by the Administrator and delivered or mailed to the
claimant within ten (10) days after receipt of the claim, unless special
circumstances require an extension of time for processing the claim. If such an
extension is required, written notice of the extension shall be furnished to the
claimant prior to the termination of the initial 10-day period. In no event
shall such extension exceed a period of ten (10) days from the end of the
initial period. Any notice of denial shall set forth the specific reasons for
the denial, specific reference to pertinent provisions of this Agreement upon
which the denial is based, a description of any additional material or
information necessary for the claimant to perfect the claim, with an explanation
of why such material or information is necessary, and any explanation of claim
review procedures, and the time limits applicable to such procedures, including
a statement of the claimant's right to bring a civil action under ERISA Section
502(a) after exhausting all levels of appeal provided herein, written to the
best of the Administrator's ability in a manner that may be understood without
legal or actuarial counsel.

            7.18.7 Review of Claim Denial. A claimant whose claim for benefits
has been wholly or partially denied by the Administrator may request, within
sixty (60) days following the date of such denial, in a writing addressed to the
Administrator, a review of such denial. The claimant shall be entitled to submit
such issues or comments in writing or otherwise, as the claimant shall consider
relevant to a determination of the claim, and the claimant may include a request
for a hearing in person before the Administrator. Prior to submitting the
request, the claimant shall be entitled to review such documents as are relevant
to the claim. The claimant may, at all stages of review, be represented by
counsel, legal or otherwise, of the claimant's choice. All requests for review
shall be promptly resolved. The Administrator's decision with respect to any
such review shall be set forth in writing and shall be mailed to the claimant
not later than ten (10) days following receipt by the Administrator of the
claimant's request unless special circumstances, such as the need to hold a
hearing, require an extension of time for processing, in which case the
Administrator's decision shall be so mailed not later than twenty (20) days
after receipt of such request.

            7.18.8 Arbitration. A claimant who has followed the procedure in
paragraphs 7.18.2 and 7.18.3 of this Section, but who has not obtained full
relief on the claim for benefits, may, within sixty (60) days following the
claimant's receipt of the Administrator's written decision on review, apply in
writing to the Administrator for arbitration of the claim as provided in Section

      7.19 ARBITRATION.

            (a) Either party to this Agreement, after complying with the
requirements of Section 7.18, to the extent applicable, may submit any dispute
under this Agreement for binding arbitration of the dispute before an arbitrator
mutually acceptable to both parties, the arbitration to be held in Ann Arbor,
Michigan, in accordance with the arbitration rules of the American Arbitration
Association, as then in effect, and the rights of claimant under Section 7.18.
If the parties are unable to mutually agree upon an arbitrator, then the
arbitration proceedings shall be held before three arbitrators, one of which
shall be designated by the Employer, one of which


shall be designated by the claimant and the third of which shall be designated
mutually by the first two arbitrators in accordance with the arbitration rules
referenced above. The arbitrator(s) sole authority shall be to interpret and
apply the provisions of this Agreement; the arbitrator(s) shall not change, add
to, or subtract from, any of the Agreement's provisions. The arbitrator(s) shall
have the power to compel attendance of witnesses at the hearing. Any court
having jurisdiction may enter a judgment based upon such arbitration. Except as
set forth in Section 7.18, the decision of the arbitrator(s) shall be final and
binding on the parties to this Agreement and without appeal to any court. Except
as set forth in Section 7.18, upon execution of this Agreement, the Employee
shall be deemed to have waived any right to commence litigation proceedings
regarding this Agreement outside of arbitration without the express written
consent of the Employer.

            (b) In the case of a dispute relating to severance payments provided
by Section 6.2, the decision of the arbitrator(s) shall be delivered or mailed
to the claimant within sixty (60) days of the claimant's initial request for
review of the denied claim under Section 7.18 unless special circumstances
require an extension of time. If an extension is needed the arbitrator(s) shall,
before the end of the sixty (60) day period, give to the claimant written notice
of the special circumstances requiring the extension and the date by which the
arbitrator(s) expect(s) to render a decision. The extension of time shall not
exceed sixty (60) days from the end of the initial sixty (60) day period.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 7.19(b), in the case of a dispute
relating to severance payments provided by Section 6.2, the claimant shall not
be precluded from challenging the arbitrator's decision under Section 502(a) of

      7.20 ERISA. The severance compensation provided by Section 6.2 of this
Agreement constitutes an unfunded compensation arrangement for a member of a
select group of the Employer's management and any exemptions under ERISA, as
applicable to such an arrangement, shall be applicable to this Agreement.
Section 7.18, Section 7.19(b) and Section 7.20 apply to the severance
compensation provided by Section 6.2 of this Agreement.

      7.21 REPORTING AND DISCLOSURE. The Employer, from time to time, shall
provide government agencies with such reports concerning this Agreement as may
be required by law, and the Employer shall provide the Employee with such
disclosure concerning this Agreement as may be required by law or as the
Employer may deem appropriate.

      8. EMPLOYEE'S REPRESENTATIONS. Employee represents and warrants that
Employee (i) is free to enter into this Agreement and to perform each of the
terms and covenants contained herein, (ii) is not restricted or prohibited,
contractually or otherwise, from entering into and performing this Agreement,
and (iii) will not be in violation or breach of any other agreement by reason of
Employee's execution and performance of this Agreement.


      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the
date set forth above.


                                             Aastrom Biosciences, Inc.





                                             Name: ____________________________

                                             Address: _________________________