German Federal Cartel Office Clears Celgene to Acquire Pharmion

German Federal Cartel Office Clears Celgene to Acquire Pharmion

SUMMIT, N.J. -- Celgene Corporation and Pharmion Corporation announced that the Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office in charge of reviewing the antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions, has cleared Celgene’s pending acquisition of Pharmion Corporation.

As previously announced on January 3, 2008, the 30-day waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, expired without the United States Federal Trade Commission requesting additional information.

About Celgene

Celgene Corporation, headquartered in Summit, New Jersey is an integrated global pharmaceutical company engaged primarily in the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative therapies for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases through gene and protein regulation. For more information, please visit the Company's website at

About Pharmion

Pharmion Corporation is a leading global oncology company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing innovative products for the treatment of hematology and oncology patients in the U.S., Europe and additional international markets. Pharmion has a number of products on the market including the world's first approved epigenetic drug, Vidaza®, a DNA demethylating agent. For additional information about Pharmion, please visit the company's website at

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