EX-99.A 2 d525668dex99a.htm EX-99.A EX-99.A

Exhibit A

Team—

Today is a very big step in the evolution of our company. We announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement, in which our long-term partner, Celgene, agreed to acquire Juno. You can view the press release here for further details.

This agreement puts us in an even stronger position to deliver on our mission. Together we will strive to speed up our development, increase our scale, continue to grow our organization, and reach even more patients around the world.

We’ve worked together as partners with Celgene for some time with positive experiences, and I expect this to continue. While there will inevitably be some change, a major goal of this acquisition is to preserve and grow Juno, including investing in our scientific capabilities, manufacturing expertise, and our phenomenal team. Seattle will be the world-wide center of excellence for cell therapy and immune-oncology within Celgene, and I am confident we will be empowered to do more.

The driving force behind Juno has always been our focus on delivering for patients, it’s the value that I know is closest to all our hearts. We must nurture and keep that focus. Patients urgently need us to deliver new therapies.

For many of us this is a surprising development, and I am sure comes with some mixed emotions. We all will have many questions – some that we have answers to and some that we do not. I promise that the leadership team will provide you with accurate and timely information as we are able and will be here for you through this change.

We will be gathering this morning at 9 a.m. PST to talk more about what this means for our people, patients and company. In the meantime, our senior executives will be available in the community area at each of our locations if you want to gather and ask questions.

We have come a long way in four years. I could not be more proud of the Juno team and the impact we are having in the battle against cancer. Working with you has been the greatest privilege in my life. While this is the end of one chapter for Juno, it’s the beginning of a new and equally exciting one. We can go about our work with increased resources and do even more with our quest of changing medicine for good.

Important Information

The tender offer for the outstanding common stock of Juno Therapeutics, Inc. (“Juno”) referred to in this communication has not yet commenced. This communication is neither a recommendation, an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. The solicitation and the offer to buy shares of Juno’s common stock will be made pursuant to an offer to purchase and related materials that Celgene Corporation (“Celgene”) and Blue Magpie Corporation (“Purchaser”) intend to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). At the time the tender offer is commenced, Celgene and Purchaser will file a tender offer statement on Schedule TO with the SEC, and thereafter Juno will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with respect to the offer and a Transaction Statement on Schedule 13E-3 with respect to the transaction contemplated by the merger


agreement. The Tender Offer Statement (including an offer to purchase, a related letter of transmittal and other offer documents), the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement and the Transaction Statement will contain important information that should be read carefully and considered before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer. Juno, Celgene and Purchaser will file other relevant materials in connection with the proposed acquisition of Juno by Celgene pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement. Juno, Celgene and Purchaser intend to mail these documents to the stockholders of Juno. All of the tender offer materials (and all other materials filed by Juno with the SEC) will also be available free of charge from the SEC through its website at www.sec.gov. INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS OF JUNO ARE ADVISED TO READ THE SCHEDULE TO, THE SCHEDULE 14D-9 AND THE SCHEDULE 13E-3, INCLUDING THE SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT OF JUNO, AS EACH MAY BE AMENDED OR SUPPLEMENTED FROM TIME TO TIME, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY PRIOR TO MAKING ANY DECISIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE OFFER, MERGER OR WHETHER TO TENDER THEIR JUNO SHARES PURSUANT TO THE OFFER, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION (INCLUDING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE OFFER) AND THE PARTIES THERETO.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this communication, other than historical facts, are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the statements made concerning the pending acquisition of Juno by Celgene and Purchaser. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the following words: “may,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “project,” “aim,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “goal” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. These statements reflect Juno’s current views concerning future events, including the planned completion of the tender offer and the merger, and are based on a number of assumptions that could ultimately prove inaccurate. As a general matter, forward-looking statements are those focused upon anticipated events or trends, expectations, and beliefs relating to matters that are not historical in nature. Such forward-looking statements are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to Juno’s operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the control of Juno. Among others, the following factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: (i) uncertainties as to the timing of the tender offer and the merger, (ii) uncertainties as to how many Juno stockholders will tender their Juno Shares in the tender offer, (iii) the possibility that competing offers will be made, (iv) the possibility that various closing conditions for the transaction may not be satisfied or waived, (v) the risk that the merger agreement may be terminated in circumstances requiring Juno to pay a termination fee, (vi) risks related to obtaining the requisite consents to the tender offer and the merger, including, without limitation, the risk that a regulatory approval that may be required for the proposed transaction, including under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act) and from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), is delayed, is not obtained, or is obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; (vii) the possibility that the transaction may not be timely completed, if at all, (viii) the risk that, prior to the completion of the transaction, if at all, Juno’s business and its relationships with employees, collaborators, vendors and other business partners may experience significant disruption


due to transaction-related uncertainty, (ix) the risk that stockholder litigation in connection with the offer or the merger may result in significant costs of defense, indemnification and liability, and (x) the risks and uncertainties pertaining to Juno’s business, including those detailed under “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in Juno’s public periodic filings with the SEC, as well as the tender offer materials to be filed by Celgene and Purchaser and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement to be filed by Juno in connection with the tender offer. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include those set forth in Juno’s SEC reports, including, without limitation, the risks described in Juno’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2017. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and Juno undertakes no obligation to revise or update this report to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, except as required by law.