February 12, 2010

Intellipharmaceutics Announces Appointment of Chief Financial Officer

TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. (Nasdaq:IPCI) (TSX:I), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on difficult-to-formulate drugs, today announced the appointment of Graham Neil, CA, as Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President, Finance.

Mr. Neil is a Chartered Accountant with over 10 years of public company and healthcare industry experience. Most recently Mr. Neil served as CFO for a NASDAQ- and TSX-listed development-stage company. Prior to his public company experience, Mr. Neil served with KPMG.

"We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Graham Neil to the position of CFO and VP of Finance," commented Dr. Isa Odidi, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Intellipharmaceutics. "Graham will be a very valuable addition to our executive team as we advance our pipeline of products, including our lead product candidate Dexmethylphenidate XR, a generic version of the marketed drug Focalin XR®. This product is partnered with Par Pharmaceutical and is currently the subject of an Abbreviated New Drug Application filing with the FDA."

About Intellipharmaceutics

Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. is a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development, and manufacture of controlled and targeted once-a-day novel oral solid dose drugs. The Company's patented Hypermatrix™ technology is a unique and validated multidimensional controlled-release drug delivery platform that can be applied to the efficient development of a wide range of existing and new pharmaceuticals. Based on this technology, Intellipharmaceutics has a pipeline of products in various stages of development in therapeutic areas that include neurology, cardiovascular, GIT, pain and infection. Several of these products are partnered.

Intellipharmaceutics' lead generic product under development is Dexmethylphenidate XR (dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride), a generic version of Focalin XR®, which is an extended-release capsule for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In 2008, Focalin®, including Focalin XR®, had U.S. sales of approximately U.S. $350 million.  

Intellipharmaceutics' lead non-generic product under development is Rexista™, an abuse- and alcohol-resistant controlled-release oral oxycodone formulation for the relief of pain.  Rexista™ is a unique dosage form designed to be resistant to the well-documented abuses associated with some currently marketed oxycodone products. This includes abuse by oral ingestion when these drugs are crushed or chewed, by nasal inhalation when crushed or powdered, and, by injection when combined with solvents.  Rexista™ is also designed to resist release of the entire dose when consumed with alcohol, a significant problem with some opioid drugs. In 2008, oxycodone had U.S. sales of approximately U.S. $2 billion.

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CONTACT:  Intellipharmaceutics International Inc.
          Glenn Neumann, Director of Investor Relations
          416-798-3001 x123
          investors@intellipharmaceutics.com

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