QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - AEterna Zentaris Inc. (TSX: AEZ; NASDAQ: AEZS) today announced that Cetrotide(R) (cetrorelix) has been launched in Japan for in vitro fertilization. Cetrotide(R) (cetrorelix) is being manufactured and marketed in Japan by partners Nippon Kayaku Co., Ltd. and Shionogi & Co., Ltd. AEterna Zentaris will receive revenue from the supply of Cetrotide(R) (cetrorelix) to its Japanese partners. Cetrotide(R) (cetrorelix) had gained market approval for in vitro fertilization in Japan in April 2006. Cetrotide(R) (cetrorelix) has been marketed worldwide (except Japan) by Serono S.A. (NYSE: SRA) since 1999, providing AEterna Zentaris with annual revenue of over US$20 million per year. "We are excited to launch Cetrotide(R) (cetrorelix) in Japan. This represents a significant achievement for our Company as Cetrotide(R) (cetrorelix) is now approved worldwide", said Gilles Gagnon, President and Chief Executive Officer at AEterna Zentaris. "We look forward to generating additional revenue with Cetrotide(R) (cetrorelix), the first luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) antagonist to be marketed in Japan, and we are confident that working with partners such as Nippon Kayaku and Shionogi will ensure its successful commercialization in this market, as we continue to aggressively advance our lead compounds and execute our focused business plan." About Cetrotide(R) (cetrorelix) Cetrotide(R) (cetrorelix) was the first luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) antagonist treatment approved for in vitro fertilization. It is administered to women to prevent premature ovulation in order to increase fertility success rate. Developed in cooperation with Medicine Nobel-Prize winner, Professor Andrew Schally, of Veterans Affairs, Miami, Florida, it was launched in Europe in 1999 and in the United States in 2001. Cetrotide(R) (cetrorelix) is currently marketed worldwide by Serono, except for Japan where it gained approval to be manufactured and marketed by Nippon Kayaku and Shionogi. Cetrotide(R) (cetrorelix) is the only treatment in its class that offers a choice of two highly effective dosage strengths which enable precise control. Due to its immediate onset of action, Cetrotide(R) (cetrorelix) permits a simplified, more convenient and shorter treatment involving fewer injections and causing fewer side effects than other forms of in vitro fertilization treatment. About Cetrorelix Cetrorelix is part of our luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) antagonist therapeutic approach. This peptide-based active substance was developed by the Company in cooperation with Nobel-Prize winner, Professor Andrew Schally of Veterans Affairs, Miami, Florida. Cetrorelix is currently in a pivotal clinical program for endometriosis with our partner, Solvay, as well as in a Phase 2 trial program for BPH in Japan, conducted by our partners, Nippon Kayaku and Shionogi. Furthermore, last June, we received a green light from the FDA to file an IND to move into a Phase 3 program in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with cetrorelix in the United States. The program launch is expected by year-end. For the treatment of BPH, cetrorelix has shown to adequately suppress the formation of the male sex hormone testosterone, which plays a principal role in cell growth of the prostate. Since cell growth is stopped, surgical removal of the prostate might be avoided. All studies performed so far with cetrorelix in patients with symptomatic BPH, revealed an improvement in symptoms as assessed primarily by the I-PSS (International Prostate Symptom Score), an increase in urinary peak flow rate as well as a reduction in prostate volume. Studies have also shown the excellent safety and tolerability profile of cetrorelix. Cetrorelix Successful Phase 2 Program Cetrorelix has successfully completed a broad seven-Phase 2 program in BPH, endometriosis, and uterine myoma. This extensive clinical program involved 735 patients and yielded significant and medically important results. Rapid and durable responses were observed without chemical castration and cetrorelix proved to have an excellent safety and tolerability profile. Overall, cetrorelix has shown to have a fast onset of action allowing for a shorter treatment period, which could translate into an intermittent/chronic therapy. Such long treatment-free intervals are actually supported by the results derived from multiple Phase 2 placebo-controlled studies. Partners for Cetrorelix Cetrorelix has been licensed exclusively to Solvay Pharmaceuticals worldwide (except Japan) for all indications with the exception of IVF/COS/ART, which rights belong to Serono, and BPH for which AEterna Zentaris Inc. holds exclusive worldwide (except Japan) rights. Japanese manufacturing and marketing rights are held by Nippon Kayaku and Shionogi for all potential indications. About AEterna Zentaris Inc. AEterna Zentaris Inc. is a growing global biopharmaceutical company focused on endocrine therapy and oncology, with proven expertise in drug discovery, development and commercialization. AEterna Zentaris also owns 48.3% of the equity of Atrium Biotechnologies Inc. (TSX: ATB) and 64.7% of its voting rights. Atrium is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of science-based products for the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, chemical and nutritional industries. News releases and additional information are available at www.aeternazentaris.com. 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