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Bristol-Myers shareholders greenlight takeover of Celgene

A manufacturing plant with the Bristol-Myers Squibb logo.
Bristol-Myers Squibb expects the Celgene deal to close later this year. Photo: Georges Gobet/AFP via Getty Images

Bristol-Myers Squibb received the go-ahead today from more than 75% of shareholders to complete its $74 billion acquisition of Celgene.

The big picture: Concerns from activist investors died down, after they previously said the deal was "ill-advised" due in large part to Celgene's main cancer drug losing patent protection in a few years. Bristol-Myers now expects to close the deal later this year, becoming an oncology-focused giant with more than $37 billion of annual drug sales.