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Aeterna Zentaris: Perifosine Data Selected for Oral Presentation at Upcoming 12th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer
Date:6/29/2010

itor, is currently in Phase 3 trials for advanced colorectal cancer and multiple myeloma, under SPA and Fast Track designation granted by the FDA for both indications. Perifosine has also been granted orphan-drug status by the FDA for multiple myeloma and has received a positive opinion for Orphan Medicinal Product designation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in this same indication. In addition, perifosine has received positive Scientific Advice from the EMA for both multiple myeloma and colorectal cancer programs.

Perifosine is also in a Phase 1 trial in pediatric patients, as well as in other Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials for several other tumor types.

Perifosine is licensed to Keryx, in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Aeterna Zentaris has also out-licensed perifosine to Handok in South Korea, while retaining rights for the rest of the world.

About Colorectal Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer diagnosed in the United States. It is estimated that in the U.S., over 146,000 people were diagnosed with some form of colorectal cancer with over 49,000 patients dying from colorectal cancer in 2009. Surgery is often the main treatment for early stage colorectal cancer. When colorectal cancer metastasizes (spreads to other parts of the body such as the liver) chemotherapy is commonly used. Treatment of patients with recurrent or advanced colorectal cancer depends on the location of the disease. Chemotherapy regimens (i.e. FOLFOX or FOLFIRI either with or without bevacizumab) have been shown to increase survival rates in patients with metastatic/advanced colorectal cancer. Currently, there are seven app
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