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Advanced Life Sciences Announces First Quarter 2010 Financial Results and Debt Restructuring Agreements

CHICAGO, May 10, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ADLS), a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of novel drugs in the therapeutic areas of infection, oncology and respiratory diseases, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080218/ALSLOGO) The net loss allocable to common shareholders for the three months ended March 31, 2010 was $2.0 million or ($0.02) per share compared to a net loss allocable to common shareholders of $2.3 million or ($0.06) per share for the three months ended March 31, 2009. The decrease in the net loss is due to decreased support costs involved in the clinical activities and regulatory review of the Company's lead compound, Restanza(TM) (cethromycin).

The Company ended the first quarter of 2010 with cash and cash equivalents totaling $2.8 million. Cash used for operating activities during the quarter was approximately $2.3 million.

"Following the successful approval of the measures voted on by our shareholders at our recent shareholder meeting, we are excited to continue to advance our development of Restanza for use as a drug to treat serious community-based infection such as pneumonia and as a broad spectrum countermeasure against key bioterror pathogens," said Michael T. Flavin, Ph.D., chairman and chief executive officer of Advanced Life Sciences.

The Company also announced today that it has amended its loan agreement with Leaders Bank to extend the date of maturity by 12 months to January 1, 2012. In connection with this extension, the Company reduced the amount currently outstanding under the facility from $10 million to $8.5 million and has agreed to further reduce the outstanding balance to $6 million by April 1, 2011.

Advanced Life Sciences has also agreed to increase the interest rate from 8.5% to 10% and to issue 1,000,000 common stock warrants to Leaders Bank.

In addition, the Company announced that it has entered into an agreement providing that the $2 million promissory note with Michael T. Flavin, Ph.D., chairman and chief executive officer of Advanced Life Sciences, will be exchanged for equity securities of the Company. The exchange is expected to occur at the same price and time as a contemplated concurrent sale of equity securities and will result in cancellation of the outstanding indebtedness.

"We view these two debt restructuring commitments as very positive transactions that will strengthen the Company's balance sheet and provide financial flexibility as we move forward," said John L. Flavin, president and chief financial officer of Advanced Life Sciences. "In addition to reducing the debt on our balance sheet, the steps we have taken will mitigate our annual cash outflows by close to $400,000." Operating Expense Analysis Research and development expenses were $0.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010, approximately the same as the three months ended March 31, 2009.

Selling, general and administrative expenses totaled $1.3 million for the first quarter compared to $1.5 million for the first quarter of last year.

First Quarter Achievements Met with the FDA and continued the Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) process for our upcoming CABP clinical program; Responded to BARDA request for information relating to the pending BAA proposal submission; Initiated PK animal studies for the Restanza IV formulation; Reported potent Restanza in vitro data in Burkholderia psuedomallei and Burkholderia mallei, which are important biodefense and global health related pathogens.

Conference Call Details Advanced Life Sciences will host a conference call and live webcast at 9:00 a.m.

Eastern Time on Monday, May 10, 2010 to discuss the Company's first quarter financial results.

The conference call will be webcast simultaneously over the Internet. Please visit the Investor Relations section of the Advanced Life Sciences corporate website www.advancedlifesciences.com. Alternatively, callers may participate in the conference call by dialing 888.680.0893 (domestic) or 617.213.4859 (international). The passcode for the conference call is 91076532. A replay of the conference call will be available until May 17, 2010. Callers may access the telephone replay by dialing 888-286-8010 (domestic) or 617-801-6888 (international), passcode 33440510. Investors are advised to dial into the call at least ten minutes prior to the call to register. Participants may pre-register for the call at https://www.theconferencingservice.com/prereg/key.process?key=P39XBXM9U.

Pre-registrants will be issued a pin number to use when dialing into the live call which will provide quick access to the conference by bypassing the operator upon connection.

About Community Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia (CABP) CABP is the sixth most common cause of death in the United States. CABP and other respiratory tract infections are caused by pathogens such as Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae. Approximately 5.6 million cases of CABP are diagnosed each year in the United States with 10 million physician visits, resulting in an estimated total annual expenditure of $2.0 billion for prescribed antibiotics to treat CABP. CABP is potentially fatal if not treated properly, and the bacteria that cause CABP are developing resistance to current standard of care treatments.

Macrolides and penicillins are currently the front-line treatments for respiratory tract infections such as CABP. As macrolide and penicillin resistance grows and has the potential to cause more clinical failures, there is a need for new antibiotics with unique mechanisms of action that can overcome this emerging resistance.

About Restanza Restanza is a novel, once-a-day, oral antibiotic that is in late stage development for the treatment of CABP and biodefense pathogens. It has shown higher in vitro potency and a broader range of activity than macrolides against Gram-positive bacteria associated with respiratory tract infections and appears to be effective against penicillin-, macrolide- and fluoroquinolone-resistant bacteria. Restanza's demonstrated potency and ability to overcome bacterial resistance may be due to its mechanism of action resulting in specificity for its bacterial target. In addition to its utility in CABP, Restanza is also being investigated for the prophylactic treatment of inhalation anthrax post-exposure and other high priority biodefense pathogens, including plague and tularemia.

The FDA has designated Restanza as an orphan drug for the prophylactic treatment of inhalation anthrax post exposure, as well as for use in treating plague and tularemia, but the drug is not yet approved for these or any other indications.

About Advanced Life Sciences Advanced Life Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of novel drugs in the therapeutic areas of infection, cancer and respiratory diseases. The Company's lead candidate, Restanza, is a novel once-a-day oral antibiotic in late-stage development for the treatment of respiratory tract infections including CABP and biodefense pathogens including anthrax, plague and tularemia. For more information, please visit us on the web at www.advancedlifesciences.com or follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/advancedlifesci.

Forward-Looking Statements Any statements contained in this press release that relate to future plans, events or performance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements represent our management's judgment regarding future events. The Company does not undertake any obligations to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Our actual results could differ materially from those discussed herein due to several factors including the success and timing of our clinical trials and our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval and labeling of our product candidates; our plans to develop and commercialize our product candidates; the loss of key scientific or management personnel; the size and growth of potential markets for our product candidates and our ability to serve those markets; regulatory developments in the U.S. and foreign countries; the rate and degree of market acceptance of any future products; the accuracy of our estimates regarding expenses, future revenues and capital requirements; our ability to obtain financing on terms acceptable to us; our ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for our product candidates; the successful development of our sales and marketing capabilities; the success of competing drugs that become available; and the performance of third party collaborators and manufacturers. These and additional risks and uncertainties are detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

ADVANCED LIFE SCIENCES HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY (A Development Stage Company) March 31, December 31, CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 2010 2009 (Unaudited) ----------- ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS: Cash and cash equivalents $2,787,456 $2,841,801 Grant receivable 283,526 530,219 Prepaid insurance 122,233 111,761 Other prepaid expenses and deposits 133,520 88,535 ------- ------ Total current assets 3,326,735 3,572,316 --------- --------- PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT: Furniture and fixtures 214,380 244,072 Computer software and equipment 258,786 258,786 Leasehold improvements 177,253 177,253 ------- ------- Total property and equipment-at cost 650,419 680,111 Less accumulated depreciation (606,019) (624,158) -------- -------- Property and equipment-net 44,400 55,953 ------ ------ OTHER ASSETS: Commercial launch materials 2,760,936 2,760,936 Deferred offering and financing costs 10,174 13,566 Other long-term assets 25,000 25,000 ------ ------ Total other assets 2,796,110 2,799,502 --------- --------- TOTAL ASSETS $6,167,245 $6,427,771 ========== ========== LIABILITIES AND EQUITY (DEFICIT) CURRENT LIABILITIES: Accounts payable $549,023 $604,334 Accrued payroll 416,896 664,436 Other accrued expenses 362,265 661,504 Accrued interest payable 73,194 73,194 Short-term lease payable - 4,350 Line of credit 3,000,000 - Short-term grant payable 500,000 - ------- --- Total current liabilities 4,901,378 2,007,818 Long-term grant payable - 500,000 Long-term notes payable - related party 2,000,000 2,000,000 Line of credit 7,000,000 10,000,000 --------- ---------- Total liabilities 13,901,378 14,507,818 ---------- ---------- COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES EQUITY (DEFICIT): Common stock, $0.01 par value-120,000,000 shares authorized; 100,372,067 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2010; 84,925,010 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2009 1,003,721 849,250 Additional paid-in capital 124,789,598 122,621,392 Deficit accumulated during the development stage (133,527,452) (131,550,689) Noncontrolling interest in subsidiary - - --- --- Total equity (deficit) (7,734,133) (8,080,047) ---------- ---------- TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY (DEFICIT) $6,167,245 $6,427,771 ========== ========== ADVANCED LIFE SCIENCES HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY (A Development Stage Company) CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited) ----------- Period From Inception (January 1, 1999) Three months ended March 31, Through ------------------------- 2010 2009 March 31, 2010 ---- ---- -------------- Revenue: Management fees $- $- $1,161,180 Grants 479,824 411,485 4,549,416 Royalty-related party 45,238 --- --- ------ Total revenue 479,824 411,485 5,755,834 ------- ------- --------- Expenses: Research and development 864,204 934,769 95,906,886 Contracted research and development- related party - - 7,980,299 Selling, general and administrative 1,341,829 1,508,953 34,713,315 --------- --------- ---------- Total expenses 2,206,033 2,443,722 138,600,500 --------- --------- ----------- Loss from operations (1,726,209) (2,032,237) (132,844,666) Net other (income) expense: Interest income (5,435) (1,732) (2,965,858) Interest expense 255,989 252,718 4,441,604 Other (income) expense, net - - 146,092 Gain on sale of interest in Sarawak Medichem Pharmaceuticals joint venture - - (939,052) --- --- -------- Net other (income) expense 250,554 250,986 682,786 ------- ------- ------- Net loss (1,976,763) (2,283,223) (133,527,452) ---------- ---------- ------------ Less net loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest in subsidiary - - - --- --- --- Net loss attributable to Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc. (1,976,763) (2,283,223) (133,527,452) ---------- ---------- ------------ Less accumulated preferred stock dividends of subsidiary for the period 43,750 43,750 1,888,542 ------ ------ --------- Net loss available to common shareholders $(2,020,513) $(2,326,973) $(135,415,994) =========== =========== ============= Net loss per share available to common shareholders -basic and diluted $(0.02) $(0.06) ====== ====== Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted 92,642,185 41,779,634 SOURCE Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc.

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