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Aeterna Zentaris Receives Positive Opinion for Orphan Medicinal Product Designation for AEZS-108 for the Treatment of Ovarian Cancer from the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products of the European Medicines Agency
Date:5/17/2010

QUEBEC CITY, May 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Aeterna Zentaris Inc. ( AEZS, TSX: AEZ), (the "Company") a late-stage drug development company specialized in oncology and endocrinology, today announced that it has received a positive opinion for orphan medicinal product designation from the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) of the European Medicines Agency, for its compound AEZS-108 for the treatment of ovarian cancer. AEZS-108, the Company's doxorubicin targeted conjugate compound, is currently in a Phase 2 trial in advanced ovarian and advanced endometrial cancer in Europe.

Juergen Engel, Ph. D., President and CEO of Aeterna Zentaris stated, "We are very pleased with AEZS-108 gaining orphan medicinal product designation for ovarian cancer from European authorities, especially after having been recently granted orphan-drug designation by the FDA. This means that with both these orphan designations, AEZS-108 would be provided with extra market exclusivity protection in Europe as well as in the United States for the treatment of ovarian cancer. We now look forward to reporting the final results from our ongoing European Phase 2 study in ovarian and endometrial cancer, later this year."

About Orphan Medicinal Product Designation

Orphan medicinal product designation is granted by the European Commission, following a positive opinion from the COMP, to a medicinal product that is intended for the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of a life-threatening or a chronically debilitating condition affecting not more than five in 10,000 persons in the Community when the application for designation is submitted.

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