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MDS Announces Formation of Special Committee
Date:2/2/2009

TORONTO, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - MDS Inc. (TSX: MDS; NYSE: MDZ), a leading provider of products and services to the global life-sciences markets, today announced that it has constituted a committee of independent directors to support the Company's continuing process of reviewing alternatives to improve shareholder value. With the assistance of management and advisors, the Board of Directors continuously reviews the performance of MDS, and looks for options to improve returns to shareholders, including an annual strategic review. The Board has determined that constituting a committee to work closely with management and the company's advisors is now appropriate.

The committee is comprised of William Anderson, Robert Luba, James MacDonald and Gregory Spivy, each of whom is independent of management. James MacDonald will act as Chair of the committee. Goldman, Sachs & Co and RBC Capital Markets are assisting the Company and the Board of Directors as financial advisors. The focus of the review is on assessing strategic alternatives. MDS emphasized that there can be no assurance that this process will result in any specific strategic or financial transaction - especially given the uncertain market and economic conditions. No timetable has been set for its completion.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains forward-looking statements. Some forward-looking statements may be identified by words like "expects", "anticipates", "plans", "intends", "indicates" or similar expressions. The statements are not a guarantee of future performance and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties. MDS's actual results could differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements due to these risks and a number of other factors, including, but not limited to, successful implementation
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