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Anavex Receives Notice of Allowance for U.S. Patent Application Related to ANAVEX 2-73

NEW YORK, NY, August 12, 2015

Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (“Anavex” or the “Company”) (OTCQX: AVXL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing drug candidates to treat Alzheimer’s disease, other central nervous system (CNS) diseases, pain, and various types of cancer, today announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for U.S. Pat. App. No. 14/205,637 related to ANAVEX 2-73. Upon issuance, the patent will provide intellectual property (IP) protection until at least 2035. ANAVEX2-73 is the subject of an ongoing Phase 2a clinical trial for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

The allowed patent claims cover formulations and treatments that provide particular coverage relating to improved sigma receptor ligands and their use.

“This patent is a valuable addition to our IP portfolio and covers innovations we have made in our development efforts for ANAVEX 2-73 and beyond,” said Christopher U. Missling, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Anavex. “We have filed numerous patent applications to cover promising compositions and therapies, including those pertaining to ANAVEX 2-73, in keeping with our commitment to a comprehensive IP protection strategy.”

Additional U.S. patent applications filed for pharmaceutical composition of matter for ANAVEX 2-73 will, if granted, provide further patent protection until at least 2035. An additional patent application on file for ANAVEX PLUS, the combination of ANAVEX 2-73 and donepezil, if granted, will provide protection for composition of matter until at least 2033.

The USPTO issues a Notice of Allowance after it determines that a patent should be granted for a claimed invention that is novel in comparison to all known technology in existence. Based on the timing of this Notice of Allowance, Anavex expects the patent to be issued by the end of 2015.

About Anavex Life Sciences Corp.

Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (OTCQX: AVXL) is a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of novel drug candidates to treat central nervous system (CNS) diseases and various types of cancer. Anavex’s lead drug candidates, ANAVEX 2-73 and ANAVEX PLUS, the combination of ANAVEX 2-73 and donepezil (Aricept®), are currently in a Phase 2a clinical trial for Alzheimer’s disease. ANAVEX 2-73 is an orally available drug candidate that targets sigma-1 and muscarinic receptors and successfully completed Phase 1 with a clean data profile. Preclinical studies demonstrated its potential to halt and/or reverse the course of Alzheimer’s disease. It has also exhibited anticonvulsant, anti-amnesic, neuroprotective and anti-depressant properties in convulsive epileptic animal models, indicating its potential to treat additional CNS disorders, including epilepsy and others. The drug combination ANAVEX PLUS produced up to 80% greater reversal of memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease models versus when the drugs were used individually. Further information is available at

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