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Cell Therapeutics Closes Italian Facility, Reduces Headcount and Expects to Cut $14 Million in Operating Expenses
Date:5/15/2009

Reaches severance agreement with unions

SEATTLE, May 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (CTI) (Nasdaq and MTA: CTIC) announced today that, as previously discussed in a press release on February 27, 2009, it is closing its Bresso, Italy operations and has reached agreement with the employee union on a severance package. The agreement relates to a reduction of CTI's total headcount in Italy by 56 positions in the immediate months, and is expected to save CTI approximately $14 million in annual operating expenses moving forward. The Bresso facility was used for pre-clinical research and was underutilized due to CTI's focused business model on late stage development and commercialization.

CTI will continue to assist in searching for career opportunities for the Bresso employees. CTI also continues to support the employee's efforts to establish a local management buy-out for the facility but the closure of the facility and operations will start May 18, 2009.

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