Advanced Life Sciences Announces Appointment of Business Development Executive to Board of Directors

Woodridge, Ill, August 6, 2001 - Advanced Life Sciences, Inc. announces the appointment of Julius A. Vida, Ph.D., MBA, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Vida is Founder and President of Vida International Pharmaceutical Consultants, a firm that serves clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. His previous experience as Vice President of Business Development, Licensing and Strategic Development for Bristol-Myers Squibb facilitates his access to contacts in large pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Vida received his Ph.D., from the Carnegie Institute of Technology and his MBA from Columbia University. He serves as a Director on the Boards of seven biotechnology companies.

"We are fortunate to have a business person with this much out-licensing experience join our Board of Directors," said Dr. Sharon W. Ayd, Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Life Sciences. "Dr. Vida has been very successful in taking companies from early stage to IPO and in consummating company sales and acquisitions. We expect his skill in negotiating major licensing agreements to be valuable in out-licensing Advanced Life Sciences' compounds."

Advanced Life Sciences, Inc., based in Woodridge, Illinois ( is a privately held, early-stage pharmaceutical technology development company that discovers and develops therapeutic compounds to fight infection, inflammation and cancer. The company bridges the gap between academic discoveries and pharmaceutical commercialization and focuses on conditions that have significant unmet medical needs in medium sized markets.

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