Aeterna Zentaris Announces IND Submission by Sinopharm A-Think

Clinical Development Expected to Start in First Half of 2017

CHARLESTON, S.C.--()--Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ: AEZS) (TSX: AEZ) (the “Company”) today announced that its licensee, Sinopharm A-Think Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. (“Sinopharm A-Think”), which is affiliated with the largest state-owned pharmaceutical company in the People’s Republic of China, today submitted an Investigational New Drug application (“IND”) for Zoptrex™ to the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA”), remaining on track to commence its clinical program during the first half of 2017.

The IND submission follows Sinopharm A-Think’s recent implementation of the processes for manufacturing Zoptrex™, which will enable it to commence its clinical program with product manufactured locally. Dr. Richard Sachse, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of the Company, stated, “The Company’s Frankfurt-based personnel assisted Sinopharm A-Think with the IND by providing extensive information regarding the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls related to the manufacture of Zoptrex™. We are pleased that we were able to assist our licensee to achieve this important step in their clinical development of Zoptrex™. I remain very impressed by the progress that Sinopharm A-Think is making.”

About Aeterna Zentaris Inc.

Aeterna Zentaris is a specialty biopharmaceutical company engaged in developing and commercializing novel treatments in oncology, endocrinology and women’s health. We are engaged in drug development activities and in the promotion of products for others. We are now conducting Phase 3 studies of two internally developed compounds. The focus of our business development efforts is the acquisition or license of products that are relevant to our therapeutic areas of focus. We also intend to license out certain commercial rights of internally developed products to licensees in territories where such out-licensing would enable us to ensure development, registration and launch of our product candidates. Our goal is to become a growth-oriented specialty biopharmaceutical company by pursuing successful development and commercialization of our product portfolio, achieving successful commercial presence and growth, while consistently delivering value to our shareholders, employees and the medical providers and patients who will benefit from our products. For more information, visit www.aezsinc.com.

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Contacts

Aeterna Zentaris Inc.
Philip A. Theodore
Senior Vice President
843-900-3223
ir@aezsinc.com

Release Summary

Aeterna Zentaris Announces IND Submission by Sinopharm A-Think

Contacts

Aeterna Zentaris Inc.
Philip A. Theodore
Senior Vice President
843-900-3223
ir@aezsinc.com