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Cell Therapeutics, Inc. Announces Single Institutional Investor Purchases $32.65 Million of Senior Convertible Notes

SEATTLE, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cell Therapeutics, Inc. ("CTI" or the "Company") (Nasdaq and MTA: CTIC) today announced that a single institutional investor shall purchase, for $32.65 million, newly issued 10% Convertible Senior Notes due 2011 (the "Notes"), with a conversion price of $0.137 per share.

The new Notes would have a $32.65 million initial principal balance and feature a make-whole provision entitling the holder, upon any conversion of the Notes, to receive the interest payable through scheduled maturity, less any interest paid before conversion.

The Company has also agreed to repurchase from the investor, for approximately $29 million, approximately $30 million aggregate principal amount of outstanding 15% Convertible Senior Notes, Series B 18.33% Convertible Senior Notes and 9.66% Convertible Senior Notes (collectively, the "Repurchased Notes") that were issued in June, August and October 2008, respectively. For such repurchase, the Company will use approximately $16.4 million of the proceeds from the offering of the new Notes, plus funds to be released to the Company from the escrow account that was established to pay the make-whole and interest payments on the Repurchased Notes. Warrants to purchase approximately 5.15 million shares of common stock which are held by the investor are also being surrendered to the Company and will be cancelled. The Company expects to receive net proceeds of approximately $16.3 million from the new Notes (before payment of fees and expenses), after the repurchase of the Repurchased Notes and prior to depositing approximately $9.8 million in escrow for the new Notes' make-whole provision. The new Notes will rank equal in right of payment with all existing and future unsecured senior indebtedness of the Company.

In addition, the Company obtained a conditional put option to require the investor to purchase up to $6 million of its Series C 10% Convertible Notes (the "C Notes"), related to a tender offer for up to $124 million principal amount of the Company's outstanding convertible notes that the Company may commence in the near future. If the Company receives tenders of at least $62 million of its outstanding convertible notes, it has the option to require the investor to purchase $3 million principal amount of the C Notes, and if the Company receives tenders of at least $93 million of its outstanding convertible notes, it has the option to require the investor to purchase $6 million principal amount of the C Notes. The C Notes would have substantially the same terms as the Notes.

Rodman & Renshaw, LLC, a subsidiary of Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: RODM), acted as the exclusive placement agent for the transaction.

A prospectus supplement relating to the new Convertible Senior Notes to be issued in the offering has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus may be obtained directly from Cell Therapeutics, Inc., 501 Elliott Avenue West, Suite 400, Seattle, Washington 98119.

This announcement is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any of these securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, the outcome of which could materially and/or adversely affect future results. The risks and uncertainties include that the Company continues to have a substantial amount of debt outstanding and the quarterly interest expense associated with the debt is significant; the Company's operating expenses continue to exceed its net revenues and the Company will continue to need to raise capital to fund its operating expenses; as well as other risks listed or described from time to time in the Company's most recent filings with the SEC on Forms 10-K, 8-K and 10-Q. Except as required by law, the Company does not intend to update any of the statements in this press release upon further developments.

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