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 News Release - June 26, 2008

MDS Pharma Services Names Dr. Lori McDonald to Executive Leadership Team

Experienced leader will head Quality & Compliance function at leading contract research organization

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA, June 26 (HSMN NewsFeed) - MDS Pharma Services, a leading provider of innovative drug discovery and development solutions, has hired Dr. Lori McDonald as Vice President, Quality & Compliance. Dr. McDonald will lead MDS Pharma Services' ongoing program to build and manage quality and regulatory compliance systems across its global business platforms.

"I'm delighted that Dr. McDonald has joined our leadership team," said MDS Pharma Services President David Spaight. "By enabling process improvements and compliance with regulatory requirements, she and her staff will be instrumental in helping MDS Pharma Services deliver high-quality, on-time services. This will help our clients expedite their drug discovery and development programs."

Dr. McDonald brings strong credentials to this key leadership position. Before joining MDS she served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs with Alder Biopharmaceuticals. From 2001 to 2006, Dr. McDonald held a series of leadership roles with Cardinal Health, culminating as Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs. Prior to that, she worked at Ligand Pharmaceuticals and Abbott Laboratories.

Dr. McDonald holds a B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of North Dakota, and both an M.S. and a Ph. D. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Regulatory Affairs Certification, which is administered by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.

About MDS Pharma Services

MDS Pharma Services is committed to delivering quality service on time. We offer a full spectrum of resources to meet the drug discovery and development needs of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. With numerous facilities strategically located around the world, we apply advanced scientific and technological expertise throughout the drug discovery and development process - from lead optimization, pre-IND research, early clinical research (bioequivalence, phases I-IIa) and bioanalysis through to global clinical development (phases IIb-IV), central lab and centralized cardiac services. For more information, visit our website at www.mdsps.com.

MDS Pharma Services is a business unit of MDS Inc. (TSX: MDS ; NYSE: MDZ ), a global life sciences company that provides market-leading products and services that our customers need for the development of drugs and diagnosis and treatment of disease. We are a leading global provider of pharmaceutical contract research, medical isotopes for molecular imaging, radiotherapeutics, and analytical instruments. MDS has more than 5,500 highly skilled people in 29 countries. Find out more at www.mdsinc.com or by calling 1-888-MDS-7222, 24 hours a day.


Source: MDS Pharma Services

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