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Æterna Zentaris Partner Keryx Announces Positive Phase 2 Results for Perifosine as a Single Agent for the Treatment of Advanced Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia
Date:1/29/2010

Data Demonstrating a 35% Overall Response Rate with a Median Progression-Free Survival of 12.6 Months in Patients with Relapsed or Relapsed/Refractory Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia to be Published in the February 1, 2010 Issue of the Journal of Clinical Cancer Research

QUÉBEC CITY, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Æterna Zentaris Inc. (Nasdaq: AEZS; TSX: AEZ) (the "Company"), a late-stage drug development company specialized in oncology and endocrinology, today announced that an article entitled "Clinical and Translational Studies of a Phase II Trial of the Novel Oral Akt Inhibitor Perifosine in Relapsed or Relapsed/Refractory Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia," reporting Phase 2 data demonstrating the single agent activity of perifosine (KRX-0401) for the treatment of advanced Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia ("Waldenstrom's"), will appear in the February 1, 2010 issue of the Journal of Clinical Cancer Research. Perifosine, the Company's oral PI3K/Akt pathway inhibitor is currently being investigated in a Phase 3 trial, under Special Protocol Assessment, for the treatment of Multiple Myeloma. Like Multiple Myeloma and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Waldenstrom's is a hematologic disease in which the cancer cells target the bone marrow. There are currently no FDA approved drugs for the treatment of Waldenstrom's. Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. ( KERX) is Æterna Zentaris' partner and licensee for perifosine in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Perifosine is also out-licensed to Handok in South Korea while Æterna Zentaris retains rights for the rest of the world.

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