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BARDA Exercises $9.1 Million in Contract Options With Aeolus

MISSION VIEJO, CA--(Marketwire -04/16/12)- Aeolus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: AOLS.OB - News) (OTC.BB:AOLS.OB - News), a biotechnology company leveraging significant government funding to develop a platform of novel compounds in oncology and biodefense, today announced that the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) formally exercised options valued at $9.1 million, fulfilling its notice of intent to exercise, which was announced by the Company last week.

About BARDA
The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority(BARDA), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides an integrated, systematic approach to the development and purchase of the necessary vaccines, drugs, therapies, and diagnostic tools for public health medical emergencies. BARDA was established to provide funding and coordination to address challenges in medical countermeasure development. BARDA was created to increase funding for advancedresearch and development and to better coordinate the U.S. government's medical countermeasure development and acquisition process. BARDA manages Project BioShield, which includes the procurement and advanced development of medical countermeasures for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents, as well as the advanced development and procurement of medical countermeasures for pandemic influenza and other emerging infectious diseases that fall outside the scope of Project BioShield.

About AEOL 10150
AEOL 10150 is a broad-spectrum catalytic antioxidant specifically designed to neutralize reactive oxygen and nitrogen species. The neutralization of these species reduces oxidative stress, inflammation, and subsequent tissue damage-signaling cascades resulting from radiation exposure. The Company believes that AEOL 10150 could have a profound beneficial impact on people who have been exposed, or are about to be exposed, to high-doses of radiation in the treatment of oncology.

AEOL 10150 has already performed well in animal safety studies, was well-tolerated in two human clinical trials, and has demonstrated statistically significant survival efficacy in an acute radiation-induced lung injury model. AEOL 10150 is also currently in development for use as both a therapeutic and prophylactic drug in cancer patients.

About Aeolus Pharmaceuticals
Aeolus Pharmaceuticals is developing a new class of catalytic antioxidant compounds that protects healthy tissue from the damaging effects of radiation. Its first compound, AEOL 10150, is being developed for oncology indications, where it is used in combination with radiation therapy. It is also being developed, with funding by the US Government, as a medical countermeasure against chemical and radiological weapons, where its initial target indications are as a protective agent against the effects of acute radiation syndrome and delayed effects of acute radiation exposure. Aeolus' strategy is to leverage the substantial investment in toxicology, manufacturing, and preclinical studies made by US Government agencies in AEOL 10150 to efficiently develop the compound for use in oncology. For more information, please visit Aeolus' corporate website at www.aeoluspharma.com.

The statements in this press release that are not purely statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Aeolus' actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Certain of these factors and others are more fully described in Aeolus' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, Aeolus' amended Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended September 30, 2010. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

Contact:

Russell Skibsted 
Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 
Aeolus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 
(949) 481-9825 
 
     
 
 
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