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Aeterna Zentaris Receives US$12 Million on Closing of Registered Direct Offering
Date:6/21/2010

QUEBEC CITY, June 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ: AEZS; TSX: AEZ) (the "Company"), a late-stage drug development company specialized in oncology and endocrinology, announced today that it has completed its previously announced registered direct offering of US$12.1 million of units comprised of common shares and common share purchase warrants to certain institutional investors. Net proceeds from this offering, after deducting placement agent fees and other offering expenses total approximately US$11.3 million. All of the securities were offered pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement. Proceeds from the transaction will be used to fund the Company's AEZS-108, AEZS-112 and AEZS-130 programs and for other general corporate and working capital purposes.

Proceeds received in connection with the Company's previous registered direct offering, completed on April 20, 2010, have been and are being used primarily in connection with perifosine, the Company's lead oncology compound that is being developed in collaboration with its North American partner, Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: KERX) ("Keryx"), following various positive developments announced with respect to perifosine during the first quarter of 2010.

Dr. Juergen Engel, Ph.D., President and CEO of Aeterna Zentaris stated: "These recent financings, combined with our reduced burn-rate, provide us with a solid financial position to pursue our drug development programs. Our main focus will be on advancing, in collaboration with our partner Keryx, the current Phase 3 trials with perifosine for multiple myelom
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