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ADVANCED POLYMER SYSTEMS ELECTS MEAKEM CHAIRMAN

 REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Polymer Systems Inc. (APS) (NASDAQ: APOS) announced today that John J. Meakem Jr., its president and chief executive officer since June 1991, has been elected chairman of the board.
 This appointment follows the passing of John H. Williford, the former chairman.
 Prior to joining APS, Meakem was founder and chairman of Premier Inc. of Greenwich, Conn. From 1970 to 1985, he was corporate executive vice president and president of North American operations for Combe Inc. Before joining Combe, he spent nine years with Richardson-Vicks, where he served in a number of management positions including vice president.
 APS develops, manufactures and markets patented Microsponge(R) delivery systems that allow for the controlled release of active ingredients. The company is pursuing New Drug Applications for two products using its technology: ProZone(R), APS' own sun care product incorporating genetically engineered melanin; and Tretinoin entrapped in the Microsponge for acne treatment. Both products are in Phase III clinical studies, a late stage in the drug approval process. In addition, the company markets its own OTC drug and toiletry products incorporating the Microsponge delivery system.
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 /CONTACT: Loretta Gardner Miller, investor relations, or Michael O'Connell, chief financial officer, of Advanced Polymer Systems, 415-366-2626/
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