Anavex Strengthens Board of Directors

Geneva, Switzerland — December 17, 2007 — Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (“ANAVEX”) (OTCBB: AVXL) today announced the appointment of Dr. Cameron Durrant to its Board of Directors. Dr. Durrant is currently Worldwide Vice President of Virology Global Strategic Marketing at Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ). “ANAVEX is both pleased and privileged to welcome Dr. Durrant…