NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) today announced that the European Commission (EC) has granted unconditional approval of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s pending acquisition of Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG).
“Clearance from the European Commission is an important milestone toward completing our combination with Celgene and moves us one step closer to creating a leading biopharma company that is well positioned to develop and deliver innovative, meaningful medicines to patients,” said Giovanni Caforio, M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb.
The transaction remains subject to additional customary closing conditions and other regulatory approvals. Bristol-Myers Squibb intends to close the Celgene transaction at the earliest possible date, which it currently expects to be by the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020.
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