Illumina is Committed to Bringing Lifesaving GRAIL Test to People Globally as European Review Process Enters Second Phase

We look forward to presenting our position during the Phase II process, said Charles Dadswell, General Counsel for Illumina.

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  • We look forward to presenting our position during the Phase II process, said Charles Dadswell, General Counsel for Illumina.
  • Illumina is also challenging the ECs jurisdiction to investigate the transaction under Article 22 of the European Union (EU) Merger Regulation.
  • Illumina has filed an action in the General Court of the EU seeking annulment of the ECs jurisdiction to review the acquisition.
  • Illuminas re-acquisition of GRAIL means that millions of citizens across the European Economic Area (EEA) will be able to access life-saving early cancer screening years sooner.


Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) today affirmed its commitment to re-acquire GRAIL, a healthcare company focused on multi-cancer early detection.

“This acquisition is procompetitive, and we have offered far-reaching structural and behavioral remedies to address any potential concerns. Illumina will continue to work with the European Commission (EC) to ensure that it has the information and assurances necessary to approve this transaction. We look forward to presenting our position during the Phase II process,” said Charles Dadswell, General Counsel for Illumina.

Illumina is also challenging the EC’s jurisdiction to investigate the transaction under Article 22 of the European Union (EU) Merger Regulation. The Commission reversed decades of merger policy in asserting jurisdiction under Article 22 of the EU Merger Regulation on April 19, 2021, seven months after the deal was announced. Illumina has filed an action in the General Court of the EU seeking annulment of the EC’s jurisdiction to review the acquisition.

“The Commission’s unprecedented decision to assert jurisdiction to review this transaction between two U.S.-based companies leaves businesses around the world uncertain as to how the EU Merger Regulation will be applied in the future,” said Dadswell.

Illumina’s re-acquisition of GRAIL means that millions of citizens across the European Economic Area (EEA) will be able to access life-saving early cancer screening years sooner. “When people have access to early cancer detection, lives will be saved,” said Francis deSouza, Chief Executive Officer of Illumina. “If this acquisition does not proceed, GRAIL’s European roll-out will be slower and the cost will be measured in the unnecessary loss of life. Re-uniting GRAIL with Illumina will accelerate availability of the GRAIL test by many years in the EEA and globally, saving tens of thousands of lives, and leading to significant health care cost savings.”

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In connection with the proposed transaction, Illumina, Inc. (“Illumina”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a registration statement on Form S-4 (File No. 333-250941) (as amended, the “Registration Statement”), which includes a prospectus with respect to Illumina’s common stock and contingent value rights to be issued in the proposed transaction and a consent solicitation statement of GRAIL, Inc. (“GRAIL”) in connection with the proposed transaction (the “Consent Solicitation Statement/Prospectus”). The Registration Statement was declared effective by the SEC on February 9, 2021. The Consent Solicitation Statement/Prospectus was first distributed to GRAIL stockholders on or about February 17, 2021. On March 4, 2021, Illumina filed with the SEC Prospectus Supplement No. 1 to the Consent Solicitation Statement/Prospectus and a registration statement on Form S-4 (File No. 333-253891) pursuant to Rule 462(b) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “462(b) Registration Statement”). The 462(b) Registration Statement relates to the Registration Statement and was declared effective automatically upon filing with the SEC. Illumina may also file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. This document is not a substitute for the Consent Solicitation Statement/Prospectus or the Registration Statement or any other document which Illumina may file with the SEC. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF GRAIL ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, WHICH INCLUDES THE CONSENT SOLICITATION STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT ARE FILED OR WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THESE DOCUMENTS, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the Registration Statement, which includes the Consent Solicitation Statement/Prospectus, and other documents filed with the SEC by Illumina through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov, through Illumina’s Investor Relations page (investor.illumina.com) or by writing to Illumina Investor Relations, 5200 Illumina Way, San Diego, CA 92122.

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