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Anavex to Present Interim Phase 2a Clinical Trial Data of ANAVEX 2-73 at Late-Breaking Oral Session

NEW YORK, NY – October 7, 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 the presentation of full PART A data and preliminary PART B data from the ongoing Phase 2a clinical trial of ANAVEX 2-73 at the upcoming Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD) conference in Barcelona, Spain from November 5-7, 2015. The late-breaking oral session will be presented by the trial’s Principal Investigator, Stephen Macfarlane, FRANZCP, Director and Associate Professor, Aged Psychiatry at Caulfield Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Presentation Details

Title: New Exploratory Alzheimer’s Drug ANAVEX 2-73:

Assessment of Safety and Cognitive Performance in a Phase 2a Study in

mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s Patients

Date/Time: Saturday, November 7, 2015

9:45 a.m. Central European Time (3:45 a.m. Eastern Time)

Location: Gran Hotel Princesa Sofia, Barcelona, Spain

The multicenter Phase 2a clinical trial of ANAVEX 2-73 consists of two parts and a total of 32 mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s patients. PART A is a simple randomized, open-label, two-period, cross-over, adaptive trial lasting up to 36 days for each patient. PART B is an open-label extension for an additional 52 weeks.

The primary objective of the trial is to evaluate the maximum tolerated dose of ANAVEX 2-73. Secondary trial objectives include exploratory cognitive efficacy using mini-mental state examination score (MMSE), dose response, bioavailability, Cogstate and electroencephalographic (EEG) activity, including event-related potentials (EEG/ERP), as well as the relationship of ANAVEX 2-73 as an add-on therapy to donepezil (Aricept®).

Additional information regarding the ongoing Phase 2a clinical trial is available from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical trials database at

About ANAVEX 2-73

ANAVEX 2-73 is the investigational drug in the Phase 2a trial and is the Company’s lead investigational oral treatment for Alzheimer’s. It targets sigma-1 and muscarinic receptors, which is believed through upstream action to reduce protein misfolding, beta amyloid, tau and inflammation. Preclinical data indicates that ANAVEX 2-73 has the potential to prevent, halt and/or reverse the course of Alzheimer’s disease.

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 Alzheimer’s disease, other central nervous system (CNS) diseases, pain, and various types of cancer. Anavex’s lead drug candidate, ANAVEX 2-73, is currently in a Phase 2a clinical trial for Alzheimer’s disease. Initial positive data was presented at AAIC 2015. Full PART A data and preliminary PART B data is expected by year end. 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 indicating its potential to treat additional CNS disorders. Further information is available at

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