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AEterna Zentaris' Partner, Spectrum, Provides Update on Ozarelix in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Date:4/22/2008

QUEBEC CITY, April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - AEterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ: AEZS; TSX: AEZ), a global biopharmaceutical company focused on endocrine therapy and oncology, today announced that its partner, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SPPI), released Phase 2b results for ozarelix, a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) antagonist in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Spectrum indicated that ozarelix demonstrated sufficient clinical activity to justify its continued development in BPH. Based on these results, Spectrum is planning to submit a protocol to the FDA for the next study of ozarelix in BPH.

"We are pleased that Spectrum is proceeding with plans for their upcoming study," stated Paul Blake, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of AEterna Zentaris. "AEterna Zentaris remains committed about the potential of LHRH antagonists for BPH, particularly for our lead candidate cetrorelix, which has produced robust and consistent findings in Phase 2 trials and is currently being evaluated in three multi-center Phase 3 trials in the United States, Canada and Europe." He said that results from the cetrorelix Phase 3 program are expected in the third quarter of 2009.

About Ozarelix and Partnerships

Ozarelix is an injectable fourth generation LHRH antagonist administered as an intramuscular injection. In August 2004, AEterna Zentaris granted Spectrum Pharmaceuticals an exclusive license to develop and market ozarelix for all potential indications in North America (inc
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