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ADVENTRX Appoints Icahn Representative to Board of Directors
Date:2/3/2010

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE Amex: ANX) today announced that Odysseas D. Kostas, M.D. will join its Board of Directors.  Dr. Kostas also will serve on the Board's Audit Committee.  Dr. Kostas was appointed as the representative of entities affiliated with Carl C. Icahn.

"We are delighted to welcome Odysseas to our Board of Directors," said Jack Lief, Chair of the ADVENTRX Board of Directors and the Board's Audit Committee.  "His insights should prove valuable as we advance our product candidates towards commercialization."  

Dr. Kostas, M.D. is an attending physician and one of seven hospitalists at Greenwich Hospital, a member of the Yale New Haven Health System and a subsidiary of Greenwich Health Care Services, Inc. At Greenwich Hospital, Dr. Kostas is a member of various committees that oversee aspects of the hospital's operational decision-making. Since March 2007, Dr. Kostas has provided advisory services to Boards of Directors of biotechnology companies, primarily in the area of strategic and partnering transactions, including ImClone Systems Incorporated prior to its sale to Eli Lilly and Company. In May 2003, Dr. Kostas founded a private medical practice that he owned and operated, treating over 2,000 patients, until May 2008. Dr. Kostas holds a B.S. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and is board certified in internal medicine.  

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