Aeterna Zentaris Reports Third Quarter 2016 Financial And Operating Results

Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ: AEZS) (TSX: AEZ) (the "Company"), a specialty biopharmaceutical company engaged in developing and commercializing novel treatments in oncology and endocrinology, today reported financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Commenting on recent key developments, David A. Dodd, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, "On September 30, 2016, we had unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of approximately $21.1 million. After the end of Q3, we concluded a financing transaction that secured our financial condition on the eve of our completion of two pivotal Phase 3 trials. We raised $7.56 million of gross proceeds from the sale of Common Shares, Pre-funded Warrants and Warrants in a registered direct offering on November 1, 2016. Also between September 14, 2016 and October 14, 2016, we raised approximately $2.3 million of gross proceeds from the sale of 580,912 Common Shares pursuant to our ATM program. Since October 14, 2016, our ATM program has not been utilized. Therefore, we believe we have the funds necessary to complete our two pivotal clinical trials, to report top-line results on both and to file a New Drug Application for Macrilen™ in the first half of 2017, if the results of the trial warrant doing so. While we will need to raise additional funds before we are able to bring a product to market, we expect that reporting favorable top-line results from one or both of our clinical trials will permit us to do so on favorable terms."

Regarding developments with respect to Zoptrex™ (zoptarelin doxorubicin), the Company's lead oncology compound, Mr. Dodd stated, "After quarter-end, we concluded the fourth out-license of Zoptrex™, our investigational compound that links a synthetic peptide carrier to doxorubicin as a New Chemical Entity (NCE). Specialised Therapeutics Asia Pty Ltd, a leading specialty pharmaceutical company based in Australia, licensed the product for commercialization in Australia and New Zealand. We received an up-front payment for the rights to Zoptrex™ and we will receive additional milestone payments and royalties if commercialization of the potential product proceeds. Furthermore, we obtained further validation of the market's interest in Zoptrex™. We expect to release top-line results for our pivotal Phase 3 trial of Zoptrex™ in Q1 of 2017 and if the results of the trial warrant doing so, to file a new drug application for Zoptrex™ in 2017."

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