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Aeterna Zentaris Announces NIH Grant for a Phase 1/2 Study in Advanced Prostate Cancer with AEZS-108
Date:8/5/2010

allows for the specific binding and selective uptake of the cytotoxic conjugate by LHRH-receptor-positive tumors. The binding of AEZS-108 to cancerous cells that express these receptors results in its accumulation and preferential uptake in the malignant tissue. AEZS-108 has already been studied in gynecologic cancers and has been shown to be effective and well tolerated in endometrial and ovarian cancer. Preclinical studies in animal models with prostate cancer also have demonstrated positive results with the drug.

AEZS-108 is currently in a Phase 2 trial conducted in Europe by the German AGO Study Group (Study AGO-GYN5), in advanced ovarian and endometrial cancer. Positive final Phase 2 results for ovarian cancer were disclosed in June 2010 at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology ("ASCO") meeting, while those for endometrial cancer are expected by year-end. AEZS-108 has been granted orphan-drug designation by the FDA and has received a positive opinion for Orphan Medicinal Product designation from the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) of the European Medicines Agency, for the treatment of ovarian cancer.

About Prostate Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), prostate cancer is the second most prevalent type of cancer after lung cancer. The NCI estimates that 217,730 men will be diagnosed with and 32,050 men will die of prostate cancer in 2010 in the United States alone.

About Aeterna Zentaris Inc.

Aeterna Zentaris Inc. is a late-stage drug development company specialized in oncology and endocrine therapy. News releases and additional information are available at

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