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Cell Therapeutics to Resume Trading on MTA and NASDAQ
SEATTLE, Feb 17, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq and MTA: CTIC) announced today that, following the issuance of a press release in Italy in response to information requested by the Italian securities regulatory authority, CONSOB, regarding CTI's business operations and financial condition, which was also furnished on a Form 8-K in the U.S. on February 17, 2009, the Borsa Italiana has confirmed that it will re-initiate trading in CTI's shares effective with the open of trading in Italy on February 18, 2009. Based on the foregoing and CTI's communications with NASDAQ, CTI also anticipates that NASDAQ will re-initiate trading in the Company's shares prior to the open of the regular trading session on NASDAQ on February 18, 2009.

About Cell Therapeutics, Inc.

Headquartered in Seattle, CTI is a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing an integrated portfolio of oncology products aimed at making cancer more treatable. For additional information, please visit www.CellTherapeutics.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, the outcome of which could materially and/or adversely affect future results. The risks and uncertainties include that that NASDAQ may not re-initiate trading in the Company's shares prior to the open of the regular trading session on NASDAQ within the anticipated time frame, the Company's current extension of time to comply with the NASDAQ listing requirements may not be extended by the NASDAQ Qualification Panel and the Company may be delisted by NASDAQ; the Company's operating expenses continue to exceed its net revenues and the Company will continue to need to raise capital to fund its operating expenses; as well as other risks listed or described from time to time in the Company's most recent filings with the SEC on Forms 10-K, 8-K and 10-Q. Except as required by law, the Company does not intend to update any of the statements in this press release upon further developments.

    Media Contact:
    Dan Eramian
    T: 206.272.4343
    C: 206.854.1200
    E: media@ctiseattle.com
    www.CellTherapeutics.com/press_room

    Investors Contact:
    Ed Bell
    T: 206.272.4345
    Lindsey Jesch
    T: 206.272.4347
    F: 206.272.4434
    E: invest@ctiseattle.com
    www.CellTherapeutics.com/investors


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http://www.celltherapeutics.com