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ADVENTRX Appoints Vice President of Manufacturing

SAN DIEGO, April 9, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Amex: ANX) announced today that it has appointed Jose Hechavarria to the new position of vice president of manufacturing. Mr. Hechavarria will be responsible for leading the company's planned commercial manufacturing operations.

"We are pleased to have recruited Jose to our team," said Evan M. Levine, ADVENTRX chief executive officer. "He brings experience and leadership in the drug manufacturing and quality arena, and we believe his expertise will be especially valuable as we continue to develop the commercial manufacturing processes for both ANX-530 (vinorelbine emulsion) and ANX-514 (docetaxel emulsion)."

Mr. Hechavarria has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has overseen all aspects of third-party contract manufacturing. He has held various senior positions at companies including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dupont Pharmaceuticals, DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company as well as the New England Nuclear Corporation. Mr. Hechavarria holds a B.S. in chemical technology from the University of Lowell, an A.S. in nuclear engineering technology from the Wentworth Institute, and has completed post graduate training in parenteral therapeutics agents at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy.

About ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals

ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company focused on in-licensing, developing and commercializing proprietary product candidates primarily for the treatment of cancer and infectious disease. The Company seeks to improve the performance and commercial potential of existing treatments by addressing problems associated with these treatment regimens. More information can be found on ADVENTRX's web site at

Forward Looking Statement

ADVENTRX cautions you that statements included in this press release that are not a description of historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that, if they do not materialize or prove to be accurate, could cause ADVENTRX's results to differ materially from historical results or those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the risk that ADVENTRX will be unable to raise sufficient capital to fund the projects necessary to meet its anticipated or stated goals and milestones; the risk that preclinical results are not indicative of the success of subsequent clinical trials and the results of pending clinical trials; the potential for ADVENTRX's product candidates to receive regulatory approval for one or more indications on a timely basis or at all, and the uncertain process of seeking regulatory approval; other difficulties or delays in developing, testing, manufacturing, marketing and obtaining regulatory approval for ADVENTRX's product candidates; the potential for regulatory authorities to require additional preclinical work or other clinical requirements to support regulatory filings; the market potential for ADVENTRX's product candidates and ADVENTRX's ability to compete in those markets; the scope and validity of patent protection for ADVENTRX's product candidates; patent and non-patent exclusivity covering Navelbine(R) and Taxotere(R); 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

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

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