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AEterna Zentaris Partner, Keryx, Initiates Phase 3 Registration Trial with Perifosine (KRX-0401) for the Treatment of Patients with Advanced Multiple Myeloma
Date:12/16/2009

reatable disease. Multiple myeloma is the second most-common hematologic cancer, representing 1% of all cancer diagnoses and 2% of all cancer deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2009 there will be an estimated 20,580 new cases of multiple myeloma and an estimated 10,500 deaths from multiple myeloma in the United States. To date, several FDA approved therapies exist for the treatment of multiple myeloma. Despite this progress, patients continue to relapse, become refractory to prior treatments and eventually die from their disease. Thus, new therapies are needed to treat these patients and extend their survival.

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AEterna Zentaris Inc. is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology and endocrine therapy, with proven expertise in drug discovery, development and commercialization. News releases and additional information are available at www.aezsinc.com.

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