Immunicon Corporation is Considering Strategic Alternatives

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa.–Immunicon Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMC – News) announced today that it is exploring and evaluating various financial and strategic alternatives for the Company, including the sale of some or all of its businesses.

Immunicon has retained Stifel, Nicolaus & Company as its financial advisor to assist in exploring and evaluating various financial and strategic alternatives for the Company. Immunicon further stated that there could be no assurance that its retention of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company will result in any specific transaction. Immunicon does not intend to comment further publicly with respect to any potential financial and strategic alternatives unless a specific transaction is approved by its Board of Directors.

About Immunicon Corporation

Immunicon Corporation is developing and commercializing proprietary cell- and molecular-based human diagnostic and life science research products with an initial focus on cancer disease management. Immunicon has developed platform technologies for selection and analysis 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 the clinical development of cancer drugs and in cancer research and may have applications in other fields of medicine, such as cardiovascular and infectious diseases. For more information, visit

The information contained in this press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are often preceded by words such as “hope,” “may,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “expect,” “intend,” “assume,” “will” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, among others, statements relating to Immunicon’s key product and clinical development programs, the anticipated clinical utility of Immunicon’s products, the exploration and evaluation of financial and strategic alternatives, and other statements not of historical fact. Immunicon cautions investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, reflect management’s current expectations and involve certain factors, such as risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to be far different from those suggested by Immunicon’s forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties associated with: Immunicon’s dependence on Veridex, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson company; the risks and uncertainties associated with the arbitration proceeding with Veridex and the arbitration decision in favor of Veridex given Immunicon’s dependence on Veridex; Immunicon’s capital and financing needs; research and development and clinical trial expenditures; commercialization of Immunicon’s product candidates; Immunicon’s ability to use licensed products and to obtain new licenses from third parties; Immunicon’s ability to manage its growth; obtaining necessary regulatory approvals; reliance on third party manufacturers and suppliers; reimbursement by third party payors to Immunicon’s customers for Immunicon’s products; risks and uncertainties associated with Immunicon’s outstanding convertible notes and warrants and other outstanding indebtedness; compliance with applicable manufacturing standards; the ability to earn license and milestone payments under Immunicon’s agreement with Veridex; retaining key management or scientific personnel; delays in the development of new products or to planned improvements to Immunicon’s products; effectiveness of Immunicon’s products compared to competitors’ products; protection of Immunicon’s intellectual property and other proprietary rights; conflicts with the intellectual property of third parties; product liability lawsuits that may be brought against Immunicon; labor, contract or technical difficulties; and competitive pressures in Immunicon’s industry. These factors are discussed in more detail in Immunicon’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by law, Immunicon accepts no responsibility for updating the information contained in this press release beyond the published date, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, or for modifications made to this document by Internet or wire services.

“Immunicon” and the Immunicon Corporation logo are registered trademarks of Immunicon Corporation. “CellTracks” is a registered trademark of Immunivest Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Immunicon Corporation. “CellSearch” is a trademark of Johnson & Johnson. All other trademarks or servicemarks appearing herein are the property of their respective holders. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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