Aeterna Zentaris to Present Preclinical Data for Anticancer Compounds Perifosine and AEZS-136 at Upcoming AACR Meeting

QUÉBEC CITY, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ: AEZS) (TSX: AEZ) (the "Company") today announced poster presentations on two of its anticancer compounds, perifosine and AEZS-136, at the upcoming American Association for Cancer Research ("AACR") meeting to be held March 31 - April 4, 2012, at the McCormick Place in Chicago.

Sunday, April 1, 2012 / 1pm- 5pm (Central)

Abstract  #871:  "Dual inhibition of PI3K and Erk1/2 shows synergy and efficacy in human tumor cells, either by using drug combinations or novel dual PI3K/Erk inhibitors",  I. Seipelt, M. Gerlach, L. Blumenstein, G. Mueller, E. Guenther, J. Engel and M. Teifel
Presenter:   Irene Seipelt, PhD, Director, Preclinical Development, Aeterna Zentaris
Session:   Experimental and Molecular Therapeutics 4
Venue:   Hall F, poster section 32, McCormick Place, Chicago


Monday, April 2, 2012 / 1pm- 5pm (Central)

Abstract #2877:  "Perifosine alone and in combination with anti-metabolites interferes with NF-kB pathway activation in colon cancer cell lines", B. Aicher, P. Schmidt, J. Engel, E. Guenther and M. Teifel
Presenter:   Babette Aicher, PhD, Director, Preclinical Development, Aeterna Zentaris
Session:   Experimental and Molecular Therapeutics 23
Venue:   Hall F, poster section 34, McCormick Place, Chicago


About Aeterna Zentaris Inc.

Aeterna Zentaris is a late-stage oncology drug development company currently investigating potential treatments for various cancers including colorectal, multiple myeloma, endometrial, ovarian, prostate and bladder cancer. The Company's innovative approach of "personalized medicine" means tailoring treatments to a patient's specific condition and to unmet medical needs. Aeterna Zentaris' deep pipeline is drawn from its proprietary discovery unit providing the Company with constant and long-term access to state-of-the-art therapeutic options. For more information please visit www.aezsinc.com.

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