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Lorus Therapeutics Appoints Dr. Brad Thompson, an Experienced Biotechnology Professional, to the Board of Directors

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(June 27, 2013) - Lorus Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:LOR) ("Lorus" or the "Corporation"), a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the research and development of pharmaceutical products and technologies for the management of cancer, today announced that Dr. Brad Thompson has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Lorus.

Dr. Thompson is an experienced and respected biotechnology professional who has held the positions of Chairman of the Board and President and Chief Executive Officer of Oncolytics Biotech Inc. since April 1999. Prior to his role with Oncolytics Dr. Thompson was the Chief Executive Officer of Synsorb Biotech from 1994 to 1999. Dr. Thompson is also currently a board member of Immunovaccine Inc. He received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

"We are delighted that Dr. Thompson is joining our Board," said Dr. Jim Wright, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lorus. "We believe that Brad's depth of experience and success in developing and financing biotechnology companies will be a significant asset to Lorus and we look forward to benefiting from his expertise."

"I am very pleased to be joining the Lorus Board of Directors and contributing to the company's future success in developing new drugs for the treatment of cancer," Dr. Thompson commented.

About Lorus

Lorus is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the research and development of novel therapeutics in cancer. Lorus' goal is to capitalize on its research, preclinical, clinical and regulatory expertise by developing new drug candidates that can be used, either alone, or in combination with other drugs, to successfully manage cancer. Lorus Therapeutics Inc. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol LOR.

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