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Cephalon Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Gemin X
Date:3/21/2011

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"I am pleased to have entered into a merger agreement with Gemin X," said Kevin Buchi, CEO of Cephalon.  "Its array of novel, targeted cancer therapeutics is a welcome addition to our current oncology portfolio. I am particularly excited about Gemin X's lead compound, obatoclax, which if successful has the potential to significantly benefit patients suffering from small cell lung cancer – a devastating disease for which current treatments are limited and additional therapies are desperately needed."

"Gemin X and our investors have been very excited by the promise and potential of our obatoclax program in patients with extensive stage small cell lung cancer, a condition for which there has been no change in the standard of care for 25 years. The management team of Gemin X, as well as our investors, believes that Cephalon has the history of innovation and the proven expertise to continue the advancement of obatoclax and realize the potential of our full pipeline of targeted cancer therapies. I'd like to recognize the contributions of the Gemin X management team, employees and our committed, experienced lead investors, Caxton Advantage and Sanderling Ventures, for their expertise guiding us through to this successful outcome," said Peter R. Dolan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gemin X. "This acquisition not only returns value to Gemin X's shareholders, but most importantly it enables the rapid and efficient advancement of an innovative program in an indication where cancer patients desperately need safe and effective treatments."

The merger is expected to close in the second quarter of 2011, after which Gemin X will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cephalon.  

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. acted as financial advisor and Ballard Spahr LLP acted as legal counsel to Cephalon in this transaction.  Citi acted as financial advisor and Cooley LLP acted as legal counsel to Gemin X.

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