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MDS Pharma Services Names Rudy Howard Chief Financial Officer
Date:1/7/2009

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - MDS Pharma Services, a leading provider of innovative drug discovery and development solutions, today announced the appointment of Rudy Howard as Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Howard has extensive experience as a senior financial executive in the pharmaceutical and contract research organization (CRO) industry sectors, including six years as CFO at Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. He joins MDS Pharma Services from his private consulting practice where he offered business and financial consulting services, including merger and acquisition services, for clients across a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical and biotechnology.

"We are delighted to add someone with Rudy's breadth and depth of skills and expertise to our leadership team at MDS Pharma Services," said MDS Pharma Services President David Spaight. "His impressive portfolio of financial, business development and change management capabilities in the pharmaceutical and contract research industries makes him an excellent choice to lead the MDS Pharma Services finance organization at this time."

Before founding his consulting practice, Mr. Howard was CFO at Peopleclick Inc., a human resources software-development company. Previously, he was a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where his specialization included financial services, high technology, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. He began his career in public accounting with Deloitte and Touche LLP.

About MDS Pharma Services

MDS Pharma Services is committed to delivering quality service on-time. We offer a full spectrum of resources to meet the drug-discovery and development needs of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. With numerous facilities strategically located around the world, we apply advanced scientific and technological expertise throughout the drug discovery and development process - from lead optimization, pre-IND research, early clinical research (bioequivalence, phases I-IIa) and bioanalysis through to global clinical development (phases IIb-IV), central lab and centralized cardiac services. For more information, visit our website at www.mdsps.com.

MDS Pharma Services is a business unit of MDS Inc. (TSX: MDS; NYSE: MDZ), a global life-sciences company that provides market-leading products and services that our customers need for the development of drugs and diagnosis and treatment of disease. We are a leading global provider of pharmaceutical contract research, medical isotopes for molecular imaging, radiotherapeutics, and analytical instruments. MDS has more than 5,000 highly skilled people in 29 countries. Find out more at www.mdsinc.com or by calling 1-888-MDS-7222, 24 hours a day.


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