SEATTLE, Oct. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cell Therapeutics, Inc. ("CTI") (Nasdaq and MTA: CTIC) today announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 60,000 shares of its Series 17 Preferred Stock, offered at a price to the public of $1,000 per share of Series 17 Preferred Stock (the "Offering"). Each share of Series 17 Preferred Stock is convertible at the option of the holder, at any time, into approximately 714 shares of common stock at a conversion price of $1.40 per share of common stock, for a total of approximately 42.9 million shares of common stock. The shares of Series 17 Preferred Stock will automatically convert into shares of common stock in certain circumstances. Shares of the Series 17 Preferred Stock will receive dividends in the same amount as any dividends declared and paid on shares of common stock, but would be entitled to a liquidation preference over the common stock in certain liquidation events. The Series 17 Preferred Stock will have no voting rights on general corporate matters. The gross proceeds to CTI from this Offering are expected to be $60 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other estimated offering expenses payable by CTI. CTI estimates that its net proceeds from the Offering after deducting commission and expenses and other estimated offering expenses payable by CTI will be approximately $55.6 million. The Offering is expected to close on October 11, 2012, subject to customary closing conditions. CTI plans to use the net proceeds from this Offering to support the launch of Pixuvri™ (pixantrone) in Europe and to commence phase III trials of pacritinib as well as for general corporate purposes, which may include, among other things, funding research and development, preclinical and clinical trials, the preparation and filing of new drug applications, the acquisition of complementary businesses, technologies or products and general working capital. Jefferies & Company, Inc. is acting as sole book-running manager for the Offering. Roth Capital Partners, LLC and ThinkEquity LLC are acting as co-managers for the Offering.