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Lorus Therapeutics Signs Research and License Option Agreement with Elanco

Provides for Development and Commercialization of Selected Compounds

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(April 17, 2013) - Lorus Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:LOR) ("Lorus"), a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the discovery, research and development of pharmaceutical products announced today that it has entered into a research and license option agreement with Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company, to investigate some of Lorus' compounds for veterinary medicine. According to the agreement, Elanco will fund the research program and has been granted an exclusive option to license the worldwide rights for selected compounds for veterinary use; the terms of which will be negotiated when the option is exercised by Elanco. Lorus retains the rights to develop and commercialize these compounds for human use. No further details of the deal were disclosed.

"We are excited about this partnership with Elanco, a global leader in veterinary medicine, and look forward to advancing these compounds in veterinary medicine," said Dr. Aiping Young, President and CEO of Lorus. "The support of Elanco enables us to accelerate the development of this promising program with the ultimate goal of bringing a drug from this program to the veterinary market in the shortest possible timeframe."

About Lorus

Lorus is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, research and development of novel therapeutics in cancer. The Company also has expertise in antimicrobial drug discovery. 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. More information is available at

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