Biovest Names Dr. Eduardo Sotomayor, Chair of Dept of Malignant Hematology at Moffitt Cancer Center, to its Scientific Advisory Board

Biovest Names Dr. Eduardo Sotomayor, Chair of Dept of Malignant Hematology at Moffitt Cancer Center, to its Scientific Advisory Board

May 29, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. & MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Biovest International, Inc. (OTCQB: BVTI), a majority-owned subsidiary of Accentia Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: ABPI), today announced that Biovest has named Eduardo M. Sotomayor, M.D. to its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The Biovest SAB represents a group of preeminent physicians and doctors from the fields of cancer immunotherapy, immunology, bioinformatics, regulatory affairs and cell culture bio-manufacturing.

Dr. Sotomayor is a recognized visionary in the field of lymphoma research and treatment at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Florida, currently serving as Chair of the Department of Malignant Hematology and holding the Susan and John Sykes Endowed Chair for Hematological Malignancies. Dr. Sotomayor has received multiple awards including the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) Fellowship Award and the LRF Junior Faculty Award, as well as continued Research Project Grant (R01) funding during the past 12-years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support his basic/translational work in the field of immunobiology and immunotherapy of B-cell lymphomas. He is also a member of the LRF Mantle Cell Lymphoma Consortium and serves on the Advisory Board of several academic institutions.

Samuel S. Duffey, Biovest's President & CEO, stated, ""We were highly pleased and honored to have Dr. Sotomayor actively participate in our recent advisory meetings in the EU to discuss BiovaxID with the European national regulatory health authorities. Throughout our regulatory process, Dr. Sotomayor has provided Biovest with an authoritative and expert clinical viewpoint on the use of cancer vaccine immunotherapy in the treatment of lymphoma. We anticipate that his pioneering efforts in the field will translate into highly productive future projects in support of our growing relationship with the Moffitt Comprehensive Cancer Center."

About Biovest International, Inc.

Biovest International, Inc. is an emerging leader in the field of active personalized immunotherapies. In collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, Biovest has developed a patient-specific, cancer vaccine, BiovaxID®, with three clinical trials completed, including a Phase III study, demonstrating evidence of safety and efficacy for the treatment of indolent follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida with its bio-manufacturing facility based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Biovest is publicly-traded on the OTCQB™ Market with the stock-ticker symbol "BVTI", and is a majority-owned subsidiary of Accentia Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: "ABPI").

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