Immunicon Files for Strategic Restructuring

Immunicon Files for Strategic Restructuring

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. -- Immunicon Corporation announced today that it and its wholly-owned subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the "Bankruptcy Court"), as of today's date.

In connection with the Chapter 11 filings, Immunicon Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiaries signed an asset purchase agreement with Veridex, LLC to sell substantially all of their assets to Veridex, LLC for $31 million in cash subject to certain closing date adjustments, plus the discharge and release of certain claims owing to Veridex, LLC and the assumption of certain specified liabilities.

It is anticipated that the net proceeds of the sale, after paying costs associated with the sale, will first be used to satisfy the obligations of Immunicon and its wholly-owned subsidiaries to their creditors. It is anticipated that any remaining proceeds will be distributed to stockholders of Immunicon on a pro rata basis.

The assets to be sold by Immunicon Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiaries include intellectual property, product inventory and preclinical data as well as all technologies related to the CellSearch® System, the first diagnostic test to automate the detection and enumeration of circulating tumor cells (CTCs), cancer cells that detach from solid tumors and enter the blood stream. The CellSearch® System is currently cleared for the prognosis and monitoring of patients with metastatic breast, metastatic colorectal and metastatic prostate cancer. Immunicon Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiaries will also sell to Veridex, LLC all technologies related to the RF Poseidon FISH Probes, which are the latest advance in FISH DNA probes.

Immunicon Corporation and Veridex, LLC have partnered since 2000 to develop and commercialize novel cancer diagnostic platforms and products.

Because the asset purchase agreement was signed by Immunicon Corporation as a debtor in possession in a chapter 11 case, the sale must be conducted under the provisions of Chapter 11, Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, subject to Bankruptcy Court approval and an auction process to be determined by the Bankruptcy Court.

Immunicon Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiaries will remain in possession of their assets and properties and will continue to operate as the "debtors-in-possession" under the jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy Court and in accordance with the United States Bankruptcy Code.

About Immunicon Corporation

Immunicon Corporation is developing and commercializing proprietary cell- and molecular-based human diagnostic and life science research products, and is providing certain analytical services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to assist them in developing new therapeutic agents, with an initial focus on cancer disease management. Immunicon has developed platform technologies to identify, count and characterize a small number of rare cells in blood, such as circulating tumor cells and circulating endothelial cells that are important in many diseases and biological processes. Immunicon's products and underlying technology platforms also have application in cancer research and may have applications in other fields of medicine, such as cardiovascular and infectious diseases. For more information, please visit

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