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ADVENTRX Announces Appointment Of Chief Financial Officer

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ANX) today announced the appointment of Brandi L. Roberts to Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, effective January 2, 2013.  She had served as the Company's vice president, finance since March 2011.  Ms. Roberts has over 17 years of public accounting and finance experience, including 14 years at publicly-traded pharmaceutical and life science companies. 

"Brandi's prior experience at publicly-traded, clinical and commercial stage companies, combined with her business and financial acumen, enable her to provide important insight and direction at this important stage for our company," stated Brian M. Culley, Chief Executive Officer of ADVENTRX.  "With the initiation of our phase 3 trial of ANX‑188 in sickle cell disease and as we solidify plans for development of ANX-188 in an indication outside of sickle cell disease, Brandi will continue to be a valuable member of our management team."

Prior to joining ADVENTRX, from January 2009 to March 2011, Ms. Roberts served as vice president, accounting and corporate controller of Alphatec Spine, Inc., the wholly-owned operating subsidiary of Alphatec Holdings, Inc., a medical technology company with annual revenue in excess of $170 million listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.  Ms. Roberts' experience also includes seven years at Pfizer's laboratories in La Jolla, California (formerly Agouron), most recently as director, finance, and three years with the public accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.  She is a certified public accountant with the State of California.  Ms. Roberts currently serves as co-chair of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Bioscience Financial Officers. 

About ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals  ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company developing proprietary product candidates to treat various diseases and conditions. The Company's lead product candidate, ANX-188, has potential to reduce ischemic tissue injury and end-organ damage by restoring microvascular function, which is compromised in a wide range of serious and life-threatening diseases and conditions.  The Company initially is developing ANX-188 as a treatment for complications arising from sickle cell disease. More information can be found on the Company's web site at www.adventrx.com.

Forward Looking Statements  ADVENTRX cautions you that statements included in this press release that are not a description of historical facts are forward-looking statements that are based on ADVENTRX's current expectations and assumptions. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the planned phase 3 clinical study of ANX-188, including the timing of its initiation, and the development of ANX-188 outside of sickle cell disease.  Among the factors that could cause or contribute to material differences between ADVENTRX's actual results and those indicated from the forward-looking statements are risks and uncertainties inherent in ADVENTRX's business, including, but not limited to: the potential for delays in the commencement or completion of planned clinical studies, including the phase 3 study of ANX-188 in sickle cell disease, including as a result of difficulties in completing manufacturing process development activities, manufacturing clinical trial material, meeting applicable regulatory requirements for clinical trial material, meeting applicable requirements of institutional review boards overseeing clinical study sites, negotiating agreements with potential clinical study sites, enrolling study subjects or being subject to a "clinical hold"; the risk that the rate of enrollment in the planned phase 3 study of ANX-188 is slower than was anticipated prior to the study's initiation; the impact of missing or imputed data on the treatment effect observed in the prior phase 3 study of ANX-188 in sickle cell disease; the risk of suspension or termination of a clinical study, including due to lack of adequate funding or a "clinical hold"; ADVENTRX's reliance on contract research organizations (CROs) and other third parties to assist in the conduct of important aspects of its clinical studies, and that such third parties may fail to perform as expected; the risk that planned clinical studies are not successfully executed and/or do not successfully demonstrate the safety or efficacy of the investigational drug; the risk that, even if clinical studies are successful, the FDA determines they are not sufficient to support a new drug application; the risk that even if clinical studies of an investigational drug in one indication are successful, clinical studies of the same investigational drug in another indication may not be successful; ADVENTRX's ability to obtain additional funding on a timely basis or on acceptable terms, or at all; the potential for ADVENTRX to delay, reduce or discontinue current and/or planned development activities, including clinical studies, partner its product candidates at inopportune times or pursue less expensive but higher-risk development paths if it is unable to raise sufficient additional capital as needed; the risk that the FDA does not grant marketing approval of ADVENTRX's product candidates, including ANX-188, on a timely basis, or at all; and other risks and uncertainties more fully described in ADVENTRX's press releases and periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. ADVENTRX's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are available at www.sec.gov.

You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date when made. ADVENTRX does not intend to revise or update any forward-looking statement set forth in this press release to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date hereof, except as may be required by law.

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