ImClone Systems Submits Letter to Bristol-Myers Squibb
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 11, 2008 - ImClone Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMCL) announced today that Carl Icahn, Chairman of its Board of Directors, sent the following letter to James Cornelius, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY): ImClone Systems Incorporated 180 Varick Street 6th Floor New York, NY 10014 Tel: 212/645-1405 Fax: 212/645-2054 -0-
September 11, 2008 Mr. James M. Cornelius Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bristol-Myers Squibb Company 345 Park Avenue New York, NY 10154
I received today's letter from Bristol and don't understand your point. On July 31, 2008, you sent us an unsolicited offer without trying to have a conversation first to discuss Bristol's intentions. You now complain that we rejected the offer as inadequate without discussing the merits with you. You are aware of course that I tried to reach you to discuss our position before we made it public.
With regard to your assertion concerning rights to IMC-11F8 (which, if ultimately approved for sale, may have a significant competitive effect on ERBITUX), we disagree that Bristol's rights are clear and do not waive any rights that we may have with regard thereto. With respect to a potential restructuring of ImClone, rest assured that we will act in what we consider the best interests of all our shareholders and not just Bristol.
Obviously, should you wish to make another offer which you believe we would not find inadequate, you are free to do so. Upon receipt of that offer, we will respond appropriately. -0-
Sincerely, Carl C. Icahn Chairman of the Board
About ImClone Systems
ImClone Systems Incorporated is a fully integrated global biopharmaceutical company committed to advancing oncology care by developing and commercializing a portfolio of targeted biologic treatments designed to address the medical needs of patients with a variety of cancers. The Company's research and development programs include growth factor blockers and angiogenesis inhibitors. ImClone Systems' headquarters and research operations are located in New York City, with additional administration and manufacturing facilities in Branchburg, New Jersey. For more information about ImClone Systems, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.imclone.com.
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Posted: September 2008