Genzyme Extends Deadline for Tender Offer to Acquire AnorMED Inc.
October 6, 2006 - Genzyme Corporation (Nasdaq: GENZ) announced today that it has extended its offer to acquire the outstanding shares of AnorMED Inc. (Nasdaq: ANOR) of Vancouver, British Columbia until 12:01 a.m. Vancouver time on October 23, 2006. Prior to this extension, Genzyme’s offer was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Vancouver time on October 7.
Genzyme offered on August 30 to acquire AnorMED’s outstanding shares for US $8.55 per outstanding share, or approximately $380 million. Genzyme may elect to extend its offer again by giving notice of such extension to AnorMED shareholders, a copy of which will be filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada and the United States and which should also be made available by such authorities through the Internet at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov.
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Important Information Regarding the Tender Offer
Investors and security holders are urged to read the disclosure documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) from time to time, including the tender offer statement filed on September 1, 2006, regarding the tender offer by Genzyme’s wholly owned subsidiary, Dematal Corp., for all of the outstanding common shares of AnorMED. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the disclosure documents and other documents filed by Genzyme or Dematal with the SEC at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, documents filed with the SEC by Genzyme or Dematal may be obtained free of charge from Genzyme by directing a request to Sally Curley at (617)768-6140.
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