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Lorus Therapeutics Appoints Warren Whitehead to Board of Directors

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(April 7, 2011) - Lorus Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:LOR)(PINK SHEETS:LRUSF) ("Lorus"), a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the research and development of pharmaceutical products and technologies for the management of cancer, today announced the appointment of Warren Whitehead to the Lorus Board of Directors. Mr. Whitehead will also serve as Chairman of the Audit Committee. 

Mr. Whitehead has held senior financial management positions in several biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Most recently he served as Chief Financial Officer of ARIUS Research Inc., providing financial guidance and leadership during the acquisition of ARIUS by Roche in 2008. Prior to that Mr. Whitehead was CFO at Labopharm Inc., where he completed a series of public equity financings and a NASDAQ IPO. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of PlantForm Corporation, a life sciences company that develops biosimilar antibody drugs for treatment of cancer and other critical illnesses. 

"We are delighted to welcome Warren to our Board of Directors. His financial insight and expertise will be valuable as we pursue our financing goals for 2011", said Dr. Aiping Young, Lorus' President and CEO. 

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. The Company also has expertise in antimicrobial drug discovery.

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