Innovus Pharma CEO to Present at the BIO Business Forum in Chicago

LA JOLLA, Calif., April 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., ("Innovus Pharma") (OTCBB:INNV) today announced that Dr. Bassam Damaj, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, will present at the BIO Business Forum in Chicago on Tuesday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. CDT.

"The BIO Business Forum is an outstanding venue for presenting Innovus Pharma as a Company and specifically our product portfolio," said Dr. Damaj. "In addition to our presentation, the Forum provides an opportunity for one-on-one business development meetings and interaction with industry leaders through the Forum Partnering program."

The BIO Business Forum is part of the BIO International Conference, which is being held April 22-26, 2013 at McCormick Place. The conference is sponsored and hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

Innovus Pharma, headquartered in La Jolla, is a global healthcare company that delivers innovative and uniquely presented and packaged health solutions through its prescription medicines and consumer and health products.

Innovus is an emerging pharmaceutical company that develops, in-licenses, acquires and markets proprietary pharmaceutical products. Innovus has a robust pipeline that will be positioned for unique packaging and presentation, especially for ease of use and patient compliance, with a focus on dermatology, autoimmune disease, sexual dysfunction, and respiratory disease.

Innovus Pharma has been building a robust pipeline, with a wide range of approved products such as its APEAZ™ line of products. The APEAZ™ brand will include the arthritis cream, sport cream, acne control cream, hemorrhoids cream and Zinx cough/cold lozenge medicine. In addition to its consumer health product line, the Company is building its prescription product pipeline including its Atopic dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis topical product. Specific product candidates range across each phase of development, such as its VAP-1 program for psoriasis and dermatitis

Innovus has also signed a binding term sheet for the acquisition of CIRCUMserum™, a product for increasing sensitivity to the skin of the penis. In a use study done after the product was launched in 2012 in the U.S., 80% of regular users reported heightened sensations and greater sexual satisfaction.

In order to commercialize the Innovus pipeline, the company plans to in-license or acquire products for the Middle East and North Africa (MINA) region and the United States.

Damaj took the reins of Innovus as CEO in January, 2013. In his previous position at Apricus Biosciences, the market cap of Apricus grew from $17 million to more than $100 million. During Damaj's tenure at Apricus, partnerships were signed with companies such as Abbott, Sandoz, and Takeda.

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