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Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (AVXL.OB) Strengthens Scientific Advisory Board With Clinical Trial Expert


5/12/2014 9:43:41 AM

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NEW YORK, May 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Anavex Life Sciences Corp. ("Anavex" or the "Company") (OTCQB:AVXL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel drug candidates to treat Alzheimer's disease, other diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) and various types of cancer, today announced the appointment of Norman Relkin, MD, PhD to the Company's Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Relkin is a Weill Cornell Medical College neurologist and an internationally recognized expert on Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, with over 20 years of clinical trial experience.

"Dr. Relkin is widely recognized for his work in the Alzheimer’s field and I am delighted to welcome him to the Anavex team," said Christopher U. Missling, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Anavex. “His expertise in Alzheimer’s, behavioral neurology and trial design is expected to make a significant contribution as we evolve our understanding of ANAVEX PLUS in the clinic and advance our drug development initiatives."

An American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology-certified neurologist, Dr. Relkin graduated from Yale and earned MD and PhD degrees from New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is currently an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Weill Cornell Medical College and Founding Director of the Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program. Dr. Relkin has 20+ years of clinical trials experience, serving as principal investigator in over 20 therapeutic studies, including multi-center trials he designed. Over the past decade, he pioneered the study of naturally occurring human antibodies for the treatment of Alzheimer’s. Dr. Relkin led all three clinical trial phases of Intravenous Immunoglobulin as a potential Alzheimer’s treatment, including the pivotal National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Baxter co-sponsored study carried out at 45 sites (US and Canada).

The author of numerous publications on neurodegenerative and traumatic disorders of the brain during the past 25 years, Dr. Relkin sits on editorial boards for three scientific journals. Additionally, he has been a reviewer for NIH and funding agencies in Europe and Australia, and has been a long-standing member of the Weill Cornell Institutional Review Board. In 2012, he was elected to the Board of Directors of The American Federation for Aging Research.

About Anavex Life Sciences Corp.

Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (www.anavex.com) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of novel drug candidates to treat Alzheimer’s disease, other CNS diseases and various types of cancer. ANAVEX 2-73, an orally available drug candidate developed to treat Alzheimer's disease through potential disease modification, has undergone an initial Phase 1 human clinical trial and was well tolerated in doses up to 55mg. Results from preclinical studies indicate that ANAVEX 2-73 demonstrates anti-amnesic and neuroprotective properties. A highly encouraging synergistic effect has also been observed between ANAVEX 2-73 and donepezil (Aricept®). The combined therapeutic, called ANAVEX PLUS, produced up to 80% greater reversal of memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease models versus when the drugs were used individually. Anavex is a publicly traded corporation quoted as AVXL.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature are forward-looking statements. These statements are only predictions based on current information and expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results may differ materially from those projected in any of such statements due to various factors, including the risks set forth in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. Readers are 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 Anavex Life Sciences Corp. undertakes no obligation to revise or update this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

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