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                                 VIACELL, INC.

                                        February 18, 2004
                                        Revised February 25, 2004


Grant Bogle
30 Maryknoll Drive
Hingham, MA  02043

Dear Grant:

         As we discussed, a decision has been reached that it is appropriate to
end our employment relationship. As a result, following a period of transition,
your employment with ViaCell, Inc. (the "Company") will end on March 31, 2004
(the "Separation Date"), subject to the terms of this letter. The purpose of
this letter is to confirm the agreement between you and the Company concerning
your transition period and severance arrangements as agreed upon herein and in
consideration of the July 1, 2002 letter to you from Marc Beer, Chief Executive

         1.       You and the Company agree that your separation from employment
is under mutual agreement and hence the Company has agreed to provide you with
the following post-employment benefits:

         (a)      After March 31, 2004, the Company will provide you severance
pay at your current base rate of pay for the six-month period beginning the
business day after your Separation Date and ending September 30, 2004. Payment
will be made at the Company's regular payroll periods, less taxes and other
legally required deductions, beginning on the Company's next regular payday
which is at least five business days following the date this Agreement, signed
by you, is received by the Company.

         (b)      The Company acknowledges you have a period of six (6) months,
measured from the Separation Date, to exercise the stock option awards granted
to you at your time of hire, namely, those stock option grants described with
particularity in the Offer Letter as "ISO's.

         (c)      If you are participating in the Company's group health and
dental plans on the Separation Date and elect to continue your participation and
that of your eligible dependents in those plans under the federal law known as
"COBRA", then the Company will continue paying your medical and dental benefit
premium contributions in accordance to its regular payroll practices for a
period of six (6) months, through September 30, 2004, or, if earlier, until the
date you become eligible for coverage under the plan of another employer. To be
eligible for the Company's premium contributions, however, you must sign and
return a COBRA election form in a timely manner. You agree to notify the Company
if you become eligible for equivalent


health plan coverage through another employer prior to September 30, 2004. After
the Company's contributions end, you may continue coverage for the remainder of
the COBRA period, if any, by paying the full premium cost plus a small
administrative fee.

         (d)      Additionally, the Company will allow you to use your four (4)
weeks of accrued vacation time to remain on the payroll for an additional month,
through March 30, 2004. During this time, you will continue to participate in
all benefits as an active employee.

         (e)      Finally, the Company shall agree to forgive the outstanding
principal and interest due on the loan provided to you upon employment
(Forgiveness Loan) as referenced in your employment offer by Marc Beer.

         2.       In consideration of your meeting in full your obligations
under the terms below and under the Confidentiality Agreement, the Company
further agrees to the following Special Severance Benefit as follows:

          If after good faith efforts to find full-time employment you fail to
         obtain other employment by the end of your severance period on
         September 30, 2004, the company will agree to a one-time extension of
         up to three (3) month of separation pay and discounted COBRA health
         coverage as described in paragraph 1(c). If necessary, this would
         extend your severance pay and health coverage under this agreement
         through December 31, 2004. "Comparable executive employment" is
         construed as that which is similar in title (VP or above), scope
         (responsibilities, complexity) and at a location acceptable to you.

         3.       You agree that, except as expressly provided in this
Agreement, no further compensation is owed to you. You will not continue to earn
vacation or other paid time off after the Separation Date and, except as
provided in paragraph 2 above and in any further right you may have to continue
participation in the Company's group health and benefit plans at your cost under
the federal law known as COBRA following the Separation Date, your participation
in all Company employee benefit plans will end as of the Separation Date, in
accordance with the terms of those plans and programs.

         4.       You agree that you will not disparage the Company, its
business or management, or any of the people or organizations connected with the
Company, and you will not otherwise do or say anything that could be reasonably
expected to harm the Company's goodwill, business interests or reputation. In
turn, the Company agrees to instruct employees not to disparage you in any way
and not to do or say anything that could be reasonably expected to harm your
business interests or reputation.

         5.       The Company agrees that in response to any external and
internal inquiries directed to it regarding the status of your employment with
the Company and/or the circumstances of your separation of employment, it shall
respond by confirming that you left our employment in good standing. A letter
related to the circumstances of your termination will be mutually agreed upon
and issued upon your approval.


         For purposes of effectuating this paragraph 5, you agree to direct all
external inquiries regarding your employment status with the Company and/or the
circumstances of your separation of employment to Marc Beer, the Company's Chief
Executive Officer, or to Kathleen Hayes, Director of Human Resources.

         6        You agree to return to the Company, no later than the
Separation Date, any and all documents, materials and information related to the
business, whether present or otherwise, of the Company, and all copies, whether
in hardcopy or in electronic or other media, and all keys and other property of
the Company, in your possession or control. You also give the Company assurance
that you have disclosed to the Company all passwords necessary to enable the
Company to access any information which you have password-protected on its
computer network or system.

         7.       You hereby acknowledge and confirm your obligations to the
Company under the Confidentiality Agreement, and you agree to abide by all terms
and commitments to which you are bound under the Confidentiality Agreement. You
further understand and agree that any breach by you of the Confidentiality
Agreement will constitute a material breach of this Agreement.

         8.       In exchange for the severance pay and benefits provided to you
hereunder, including the Special Severance Benefit, to which you would not
otherwise be entitled, on your own behalf and that of your heirs, executors,
administrators, beneficiaries, personal representatives and assigns, you agree
that this Agreement shall be in complete and final settlement of any and all
causes of action, rights or claims, whether known or unknown, that you have had
in the past, now have, or might now have, in any way related to, connected with
or arising out of your employment or its termination or pursuant to Title VII of
the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age
Discrimination in Employment Act, the fair employment practices statutes of the
state or states in which you have provided services to the Company or any other
federal, state or local law, regulation or other requirement, and you hereby
release and forever discharge the Company and its subsidiaries and other
affiliates and all of their respective past, present and future directors,
shareholders, officers, members, managers, general and limited partners,
employees, agents, representatives, successors and assigns, and all others
connected with any of them, both individually and in their official capacities,
from any and all such causes of action, rights or claims, except only as to any
rights that you may have to vested benefits.

         9.       In exchange for your agreement to the terms of this Agreement,
and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of
which are hereby acknowledged, the Company agrees that this Agreement shall be
in complete and final settlement of any and all causes of action, rights or
claims, whether known or unknown, that it has had in the past, now has, or might
now have arising out of your employment with the Company, and hereby forever
discharges you, your heirs, executors, administrators, beneficiaries, personal
representatives and assigns from any and all such causes of action, rights, or

         10.      By signing this Agreement, you give the Company assurance that
you have signed it voluntarily and with a full understanding of its terms; that
you have had sufficient opportunity,


before signing this Agreement, to consider its terms and to consult with an
attorney, if you wished to do so; and that, in signing this Agreement, you have
not relied on any promises or representations, express or implied, that are not
set forth expressly in this Agreement.

         11.      This letter contains the entire agreement between you and the
Company and replaces all prior and contemporaneous agreements, communications
and understandings, whether written or oral, with respect to your employment and
its termination and all related matters, excluding only the Confidentiality
Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect in accordance with its
terms. This Agreement may not be modified or amended, and no breach shall be
deemed to be waived, unless agreed to in a writing of later date signed by you
and by an expressly authorized representative of the Company.

         12.      The Company and you agree that any controversy, claim or
dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement, either during the
Transition Period or afterwards, between the parties to this Agreement, their
successors, assigns, affiliates or agents, shall be settled by arbitration in
accordance with the National Rules for the Resolution of Employment Disputes of
the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") then in effect. Any such
arbitration may be initiated within thirty (30) days after written notification
to the other party specifying in sufficient detail the nature of the dispute
hereunder, but in no event later than ninety (90) days after such written
notice. The arbitration shall be conducted in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
by an arbitrator either mutually agreed upon by you and the Company or chosen in
accordance with the AAA's rules. All aspects of any such arbitration, including
with respect to discovery, shall be conducted in accordance with the AAA's

         If the terms of this Agreement are acceptable to you, please sign, date
and return it to me within ten days of the date you receive it. At the time you
sign and return this letter, it will take effect as a legally-binding agreement
between you and the Company on the basis set forth above under Massachusetts
law. The enclosed copy of this letter, which you should also sign and date, is
for your records.


                       VIACELL, INC.

                       By:  /s/ Kathleen Hayes
                            Kathleen Hayes
                            Director of Human Resources

Accepted and agreed:

Signature:  /s/ Grant Bogle
            Grant Bogle

Date:  ________________________________