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Cell Therapeutics Reschedules Special Meeting
Date:2/26/2009

SEATTLE, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (CTI) (Nasdaq and MTA: CTIC) announced today that it has rescheduled the special meeting of shareholders from Friday, February 27, 2009 to Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in order to allow additional time for the proxy materials, first mailed to shareholders by CTI on or about February 12, 2009, to be adequately disseminated and reviewed by CTI shareholders and so that all shareholders receive at least 20 days written notice of the special meeting. The purposes of the rescheduled special meeting remain unchanged from the proxy materials previously distributed to shareholders, and include, among other things, approval of amendments to CTI's articles of incorporation in order to increase the authorized shares of CTI and effect a reverse stock split and approval of amendments to CTI's equity incentive plan and employee stock purchase plan. The Board of Directors of CTI continues to seek the approval of CTI shareholders for all of the proposed amendments.

The votes of any shareholder who has previously submitted its executed proxy card, or has otherwise voted, will continue to be counted for the rescheduled special meeting on March 24, 2009. Any shareholder who does not wish to change its vote, does not need to take any further action. Any shareholder who has not yet voted is encouraged to do so. Any shareholder who has previously voted and wishes to revoke its proxy, or otherwise change its vote, may do so in accordance with the procedures set forth in the proxy materials previously distributed to shareholders.

The complete set of proxy materials, including the proxy statement prepared in connection with the special meeting, and information regarding the time, date and place of CTI's rescheduled special meeting, is available on CTI's website at www.celltherapeutics.com/shareholder. Shareholders may also call Investor Relations at 206.272.4345 to request an electronic copy or hardcopy of the proxy materials, including the proposed amendments to CTI's articles of incorporation.

About Cell Therapeutics, Inc.

Headquartered in Seattle, CTI is a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing an integrated portfolio of oncology products aimed at making cancer more treatable. For additional information, please visit www.celltherapeutics.com.

This press release includes forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, the outcome of which could materially and/or adversely affect actual future results. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of words such as "expects," "intends," "believes," "anticipates," or words of similar import. Similarly, statements that describe the Company's future plans, objectives or goals are also forward-looking statements. Any such forward-looking statements are inherently speculative and are based on currently available information, expectations and projections about future events, outcomes and trends. As such, they are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that affects the timing and outcome of the Company's special meeting of the shareholders. Actual events and results may be significantly different from expectations. You should also review the risk factors listed or described from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, without limitation, the Company's most recent filings on Forms 10-K, 8-K, and 10-Q. Except as may be required by law, CTI does not intend to update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

    Media Contact:
    Dan Eramian
    T: 206.272.4343
    C: 206.854.1200
    E: media@ctiseattle.com
    www.CellTherapeutics.com/press_room

    Investors Contact:
    Ed Bell
    T: 206.272.4345
    Lindsey Jesch Logan
    T : 206.272.4347
    F : 206.272.4434
    E: invest@ctiseattle.com

    www.CellTherapeutics.com/investors


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