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Advanced Life Sciences Completes Private Placement for $20 Million

CHICAGO, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADLS), a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of novel drugs in the therapeutic areas of infection, cancer and inflammation, today announced that it completed its private placement of approximately 10.2 million shares of common stock together with warrants to purchase approximately 5.1 million shares of common stock to a group of new and existing institutional investors for approximately $20 million in gross proceeds. Lazard Freres & Co. LLC acted as the lead placement agent with Susquehanna Financial Group LLLP and CRT Capital Group LLC acting as co-placement agents in the transaction.


"We are very pleased by the confidence and level of commitment shown by the impressive group of new and existing institutional investors who participated in this transaction," said Michael T. Flavin, Ph.D., Chairman & CEO. "The capital from this private placement should allow us to complete the next phase of corporate objectives, including the consummation of a commercial partnership and NDA submission for cethromycin to treat community acquired pneumonia."

The shares sold in the private placement have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States in the absence of an effective registration statement or exemption from applicable registration requirements. The shares were offered and sold only to institutional investors. The Company has agreed to file a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission covering the resale of the shares common stock issued in the private placement as well as the shares issuable upon the exercise of the warrants.

This news release is not an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of the Company.

About Advanced Life Sciences

Advanced Life Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of novel drugs in the therapeutic areas of infection, cancer and inflammation. The Company's lead candidate, cethromycin, is a novel once-a-day oral antibiotic in late-stage development for the treatment of respiratory tract infections including CAP. For more information, please visit us on the web at

Forward-Looking Statements

Any statements contained in this press release that relate to future plans, events or performance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements represent our management's judgment regarding future events. The Company does not undertake any obligations to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Our actual results could differ materially from those discussed herein due to several factors including the success and timing of a commercial partnership and our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval and labeling of our product candidates; our plans to develop and commercialize our product candidates; the loss of key scientific or management personnel; the size and growth of potential markets for our product candidates and our ability to serve those markets; regulatory developments in the U.S. and foreign countries; the rate and degree of market acceptance of any future products; the accuracy of our estimates regarding expenses, future revenues and capital requirements; our ability to obtain financing on terms acceptable to us; our ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for our product candidates; the successful development of our sales and marketing capabilities; the success of competing drugs that become available; and the performance of third party collaborators and manufacturers. These and additional risks and uncertainties are detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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