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Anavex to Present at Neuroscience 2012 in New Orleans

Vancouver, BC — October 12, 2012

Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (“Anavex”) (OTCQB: AVXL) announces that new data on ANAVEX 2-73 will be presented in a poster session at Neuroscience 2012 in New Orleans. ANAVEX 2-73 is the company’s lead compound for Alzheimer’s disease currently in human clinical trials. Presentation details are as follows:

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Time: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Title: Mitochondrial protection is induced by the novel tetrahydrofuran derivative ANAVEX2-73 after ICV injection of oligomeric Aß25-35 peptide in mice, a nontransgenic Alzheimer’s disease model Poster #: 851.15

The abstract for this poster must remain confidential and cannot be disclosed until the formal presentation has been made. Pursuant to Society for Neuroscience policy, the poster and associated data may be published following its presentation at Neuroscience 2012. Anavex will publish the poster on its web site (

Any parties interested in meeting with the Anavex team at Neuroscience 2012 may contact the company’s communications team at +1 (416) 489-0092 or

Neuroscience 2012 takes place Saturday, October 13 to Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. It is the premier venue for neuroscientists from around the world to debut cutting-edge research on the brain and nervous system. Additional information is available at

About Anavex Life Sciences Corp.

Anavex Life Sciences Corp. ( is a pharmaceutical company engaged in the development of novel drug candidates. Lead compound ANAVEX 2-73, developed to treat Alzheimer’s through disease modification, is in human clinical trials. A Phase 1 single ascending dose study of ANAVEX 2-73 was successfully completed in Germany in 2011. Studies indicate that ANAVEX 2-73 demonstrates anti-amnesic and neuroprotective properties, and that it is well tolerated in doses up to 55mg. The company is preparing to embark on a multiple ascending dose clinical trial of ANAVEX 2-73 in 2012. Anavex is a publicly traded corporation quoted as AVXL.

Forward-Looking Statements

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