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Spherix Elects New Independent Director, and Elects Chairman of the Board
Date:5/14/2009

BETHESDA, Md., May 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Spherix Incorporated (Nasdaq: SPEX), an innovator in biotechnology for diabetes therapy, and a provider of technical and regulatory consulting services to food, supplement, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, today announced that, on May 12, 2009, its Board of Directors elected a new, independent Director, Thomas B. Peter, to begin serving immediately. Mr. Peter will also serve on the Company's Compensation and Nominating Committees.

Spherix's Nominating Committee selected Mr. Peter based on his lengthy career in the pharmaceutical industry, including direct experience with Avandia, a diabetes drug. Mr. Peter has spent more than 33 years working at GlaxoSmithKline, where he was most recently a Regional Vice President. He also held numerous positions across the sales and marketing functions, and was actively involved in the promotion of Avandia and the subsequent combinations of Avandia with metformin and a sulfonylurea from the time of their respective market introductions.

With the election of Mr. Peter to Spherix's Board, the Company has notified NASDAQ that it has regained compliance with NASDAQ's rule that requires a majority of the board of directors be independent directors.

In related news, Spherix's Board also elected Dr. Robert J. Vander Zanden as its Chairman of the Board. Dr. Vander Zanden was previously elected Interim Chairman following the death of its former Chairman, A. Paul Cox, Jr., earlier this year. Dr. Vander Zanden joined the Board in 2004 following his retirement from Kraft Foods International, after having served in two Vice President positions.

"We are very pleased with the election of Tom Peter to our Board of Directors and are confident that his particular background will be extremely helpful as we prepare for t
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