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AEterna Zentaris Partner, Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, to Present Poster Highlighting Clinical Activity of Perifosine (KRX-0401) at the ASCO 2010 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium

January 21, 2010

Updated results from Phase 2 clinical trial of perifosine in combination with capecitabine for the treatment of metastatic colon cancer to be presented on Sunday, January 24, 2010

QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – AEterna Zentaris Inc. (TSX: AEZ; Nasdaq: AEZS), (the “Company”), a late-stage drug development company specialized in oncology and endocrinology, today announced that updated results from a Phase 2 clinical trial of perifosine (KRX-0401) in combination with capecitabine conducted by its partner and licensee for this compound in the United States, Canada and Mexico, Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (“Keryx”) (Nasdaq: KERX), has been selected for poster presentation at the upcoming American Society of Clinical Oncology (“ASCO”) 2010 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, to be held in Orlando, Florida from January 22-24, 2010.

The clinical data to be presented demonstrates the potential safety and efficacy of perifosine in the treatment of patients with metastatic colon cancer. Details on the poster presentation are as follows:

    Abstract #447

    Title:    "A Randomized phase II study of perifosine in combination with
              capecitabine (P-CAP) versus capecitabine plus placebo (CAP) in
              patients with second- or third-line metastatic colon cancer
              (mCRC): updated results."

    Lead Author:         Johanna Bendell, MD

    Session Name:        General Poster Session C: Cancers of the Colon and
                         Rectum

    Date:                Sunday, January 24, 2010

    Presentation Time:   7:00 AM- 8:00 AM; 12:00 NOON-1:00PM

A copy of the above referenced abstract can be viewed online through ASCO’s website, www.asco.org.

About AEterna Zentaris Inc.

AEterna Zentaris Inc. is a late-stage drug development company specialized in oncology and endocrinology. News releases and additional information are available at www.aezsinc.com.

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