Anavex CEO Invited to Present at Upcoming Investment Conferences

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NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Anavex Life Sciences Corp. ("Anavex" or the "Company") (OTCQB:AVXL) today announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher U. Missling, PhD, will participate in the 7th Annual OneMedForum: Investing in Healthcare 2014 ("OneMedForum") and the Noble Financial Capital Markets ("Noble") Tenth Annual Equity Conference.

OneMedForum is recognized as a leading growth company conference. Each year, it showcases promising and innovative microcap public companies in healthcare and life sciences. Dr. Missling has been enlisted to make a presentation on Anavex, including an overview of ANAVEX PLUS, a promising, potentially novel combination drug for Alzheimer's disease. ANAVEX PLUS combines ANAVEX 2-73 with Aricept® (donepezil), the best-selling Alzheimer's drug with annual global sales of $4 billion.

WHAT: Anavex Corporate Presentation at OneMedForum
WHEN: January 14, 2014 at 9:10 a.m. PT
WHERE: The Westin Market Street, San Francisco

Dr. Missling is also scheduled to make a corporate presentation at Noble's Tenth Annual Equity Conference. Interested investors may view Dr. Missling's presentation to Noble attendees via webcast.

WHAT: Anavex Corporate Presentation at Noble Equity Conference
WHEN: January 21, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. ET
WHERE: Sandpiper Bay, South Florida
WEBCAST LINK: http://noble.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/2882aefd8ef24d20853a32c6b217e6031d

ANAVEX 2-73 is an orally available drug candidate developed to potentially modify Alzheimer's disease rather than temporarily address its symptoms. It has a clean Phase 1 data profile and shows reversal of memory loss (anti-amnesic properties) and neuroprotection in several models of Alzheimer's disease.

About Anavex Life Sciences Corp.

Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (www.anavex.com) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of novel drug candidates to treat Alzheimer's, CNS diseases and various types of cancer. ANAVEX 2-73, an orally available drug candidate developed to treat Alzheimer's through potential disease modification, has undergone an initial Phase 1 human clinical trial and was well tolerated in doses up to 55mg. Results from pre-clinical studies indicate that ANAVEX 2-73 demonstrates anti-amnesic and neuroprotective properties. A highly encouraging synergistic effect has also been observed between ANAVEX 2-73 and Aricept® (donepezil). The combined therapeutics produced up to 80% greater reversal of memory loss in Alzheimer's disease models versus when the drugs were used individually. Anavex is a publicly traded corporation quoted as AVXL.

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