QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 22 /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 on January 21, 2010, the Company received a letter from the Listing Qualifications Department of The NASDAQ Stock Market indicating that the minimum closing bid price of its common shares had fallen below US$1.00 for 30 consecutive trading days, and therefore, Æterna Zentaris was not in compliance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5450(a)(1) (the "Rule"). In accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5810(C)(3)(a), Æterna Zentaris is provided a grace period of 180 calendar days, or until July 20, 2010, to regain compliance with this requirement. The notice has no effect on the listing of Æterna Zentaris' common shares at this time, and its common shares will continue to trade on the NASDAQ under the symbol "AEZS", as well as on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "AEZ".
Æterna Zentaris can regain compliance with the Rule if the bid price of its common shares closes at US$1.00 or higher for a minimum of ten consecutive business days during the grace period, although NASDAQ may, in its discretion, require the Company to maintain a minimum closing bid price of at least US$1.00 per share for a period in excess of ten consecutive business days before determining that Æterna Zentaris has demonstrated the ability to maintain long-term compliance.
If the Company is unsuccessful in meeting the minimum bid requirement by July 20, 2010, Nasdaq will provide notice to Æterna Zentari
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