Forbes Medi-Tech Announces Management Changes

Vancouver, British Columbia -- December 20, 2002 Forbes Medi-Tech Inc. (TSE:FMI and NASDAQ:FMTI) today announced that it's Senior Vice President and CFO, Don MacDonald, has decided to accept a senior executive position back in the mining industry, effective January 16, 2003. Mr. MacDonald has over twenty year's experience in the mining area, having been a senior executive officer at three public mining companies, including DeBeersCanada (formerly Winspear Diamonds) and Dayton Mining. His work with Forbes was his first foray into the biotechnology field, and while he enjoyed the experience, he has decided to return to the industry in which he has spent most of his career.

"I've enjoyed being a part of Forbes, and will miss working with the Forbes
team," said Don MacDonald. "The Company has some exciting business
opportunities under development, and I wish it every success in its future endeavors."

"Don MacDonald's devotion to his position as a Senior Vice President and the CFO at Forbes was exemplary," said Charles Butt, President & CEO. "We are particularly thankful to Don for steering our Phyto-Source joint
venture through from the basic agreement stage to an operational
manufacturing facility in Texas, and wish him all the best in his new position back in mining".

Patricia Pracher, Corporate Controller, will be appointed acting Chief Financial Officer effective January 16th, 2003.

About Forbes Medi-Tech Inc.

Forbes Medi-Tech Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the research, development and commercialization of innovative pharmaceuticals
and nutraceutical products for the prevention and treatment of
cardiovascular and related diseases. By extracting plant sterols from wood pulping by-products, Forbes has developed cholesterol-lowering agents to be used as pharmaceutical therapeutics, dietary supplements and functional food ingredients.

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For more information, please contact:

Don MacDonald
Senior Vice President, CFO
Telephone: (604) 689-5899
E-mail: [email protected]

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identifying important factors with respect to such forward-looking statements. The Company does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statement contained herein

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