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Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Reports Updated Phase 1/2 Data, Including New Survival Data, on KRX-0401 (Perifosine) in the Treatment of Advanced Multiple Myeloma at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology
Date:12/7/2009

pressive team of multiple myeloma investigators in the Phase 1/2 trial, led by Dr. Richardson and Dr. Anderson. The updated overall response rate of 41%, an extended PFS, and median overall survival of 25 months particularly in a patient population where 73% were previously refractory to bortezomib, is highly encouraging. We look forward to starting the Phase 3 trial by year-end."

Keryx has been granted a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) from the FDA for the Phase 3 study of perifosine in multiple myeloma. Additionally, the FDA has granted perifosine Orphan Drug and Fast Track designations in this indication.

KRX-0401 (perifosine) is in-licensed by Keryx from Aeterna Zentaris, Inc. (Nasdaq: AEZS; TSX: AEZ) in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

About KRX-0401 (Perifosine)

KRX-0401 (perifosine) is a novel, potentially first-in-class, oral anti-cancer agent that modulates Akt, and a number of other key signal transduction pathways, including the JNK pathway, all of which are pathways associated with programmed cell death, cell growth, cell differentiation and cell survival. The effects of perifosine on Akt are of particular interest because of the importance of this pathway in the development of most cancers, with evidence that it is often activated in tumors that are resistant to other forms of anticancer therapy, and the difficulty encountered thus far in the discovery of drugs that will inhibit this pathway without causing excessive toxicity. High levels of activated Akt (pAkt) are seen frequently in many types of cancer and have been correlated with poor prognosis.

About Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cell, is an incurable but treatable disease. Multiple myeloma is the second most-common hematologic cancer, representing 1% of all cancer diagnoses and 2% of
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