Aeterna Zentaris Offers Enterprise Replace and Outlines Key Upcoming Milestones

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  • Aeterna Zentaris focused on accelerating recruitment for ongoing DETECT trial and efforts to associate rights to Macrilen
    in the U.S. and Canada
  • Firm continues to construct rising physique of knowledge throughout its growth pipeline, advancing in the direction of go/nogo resolution milestones at every stage to determine
    prioritization and drive momentum
  • Strategic resolution to streamline
    growth packages by discontinuing the Firm’s earlystage vaccine packages presents
    Aeterna Zentaris with an anticipated
    prolonged cash runway into 2025

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, Jan. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ: AEZS) (TSX: AEZS) (“Aeterna” or the “Firm”), a specialty biopharmaceutical firm creating and commercializing a diversified portfolio of pharmaceutical and diagnostic merchandise, right this moment offered a enterprise replace and outlined upcoming key milestones.

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“We’ve got made important growth progress since we initiated six pre-clinical growth packages in 2021,” stated Dr. Klaus Paulini, Chief Govt Officer of Aeterna. “We’ve got established a rising physique of knowledge in the direction of our pre-defined go/no-go resolution factors with the purpose of enabling us to establish and choose from these packages essentially the most compelling alternatives that warrant continued growth. We consider that we now have constructed the muse for continued momentum and are very inspired with the disciplined progress we now have made so far.”

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Diagnostics Growth and Commercialization Replace

Macimorelin Diagnostic: Accepted
and commercialized as take a look at for grownup progress hormone deficiency and in scientific section 3 growth for childhood-onset progress hormone deficiency (“CGHD”) testing

Aeterna is at present conducting its pivotal Section 3 security and efficacy examine AEZS-130-P02 (the “DETECT-trial”) evaluating macimorelin for the prognosis of Childhood Onset Development Hormone Deficiency (“CGHD”). Most scientific websites within the U.S. in addition to European international locations are open for affected person recruitment.

Latest Highlights

  • Section 3 Study: Bolstered enrollment anticipated by the alternative of inactive international locations/websites and engagement of an extra Scientific Analysis Group (CRO). At the moment 4 new international locations (Armenia, Slovakia, Greece, and Turkey), have ongoing DETECT scientific trial utility actions.
  • Macimorelin
    Commercialization: Having introduced that Aeterna Zentaris will regain full rights to Macrilen™ for the U.S. and Canada from Novo Nordisk in Could 2023, the Firm is progressing its efforts to hunt an alternate growth and commercialization associate for Macrilen™ in these international locations for continued commercialization of Macrilen™ in grownup progress hormone deficiency (“AGHD”) and growth and commercialization of Macrilen™ in CGHD.
  • Achieved regulatory approval for Macrilen™ as AGHD diagnostic product in Israel.

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Subsequent Steps and Expectations

  • Obtain approvals to conduct the DETECT trial within the new international locations within the first half of 2023.
  • Full DETECT enrollment by the tip of 2023.
  • Proceed efforts to safe a U.S. and Canadian growth and commercialization associate for Macrilen™ in AGHD and CGHD.
  • Obtain regulatory approval for Macrilen™ as AGHD-diagnostic in South Korea, Turkey and a few non-EU Balkan international locations.

Determination to Discontinue Our EarlyStage Vaccine Growth Pipeline

Orally energetic, live-attenuated bacterial vaccine platform with potential utility in opposition to coronavirus, together with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and Chlamydia

The Firm labored on evaluating administration routes, dosing and immunization scheme, and carried out in-vivo immunology experiments with candidate strains expressing varied antigens in related mice fashions. To this point, the Firm has not been capable of choose a scientific growth candidate for a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Additionally, COVID-19 vaccine panorama has continued to evolve profoundly prior to now two years. There are extremely efficient vaccines accessible, an rising variety of therapeutic choices are in the meantime authorized or in later stage growth and fewer deadly virus variants are spreading, all of which enhance the monetary danger related to any early stage COVID-19 vaccine program. With the intention to guarantee we’re prudent with using assets, given the early stage of the Firm’s vaccine growth packages and the adjustments within the world state of affairs, Aeterna has determined that it’s going to not pursue additional growth of the vaccine platform for both COVID-19 or Chlamydia (which was based mostly on the identical vaccine platform as used within the Firm’s COVID-19 program). Consequently, the Firm has additionally elected to terminate its present license agreements with the College of Wuerzburg for that vaccine platform expertise.

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Therapeutics Growth Pipeline Replace

Autoimmunity Modifying (“AIM”) Biologicals: Focused, extremely particular autoimmunity modifying therapeutics for the potential therapy of neuromyelitis optica spectrum dysfunction (“NMOSD”) and Parkinson’s illness (“PD”)

Latest Highlights

  • Demonstrated optimistic pre-clinical proof-of-concept in NMOSD and PD.
  • NMOSD chosen as lead growth program.
  • Entered into an R&D settlement with Massachusetts Normal Hospital (MGH) in Boston and Dr. Michael Levy, a worldwide main NMOSD knowledgeable.
  • Additional optimization of candidates for potential use in scientific growth.
  • Initiated ex-vivo efficacy testing to substantiate the AIM Biologicals mechanism of motion and efficacy in human blood samples from each NMOSD and PD sufferers.

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Subsequent Steps and Expectations

  • Following the completion of the pre-clinical research, Aeterna plans to compile a complete pre-clinical knowledge package deal for scientific recommendation conferences with regulatory authorities, anticipated to happen within the third quarter of 2023.

Delayed Clearance Parathyroid Hormone (“DC-PTH”, AEZS-150) Fusion Polypeptides: Potential therapy for power hypoparathyroidism

Latest Highlights

  • Profitable verification and copy of earlier in-vivo knowledge from College of Sheffield, in a rat mannequin of hypoparathyroidism, within the fourth quarter of 2022.
  • Ongoing growth of the manufacturing course of for AEZS-150 with the Firm’s contract growth and manufacturing group, progressing towards institution of a grasp cell financial institution for a cell line expressing AEZS-150 and a course of appropriate for bigger scale GMP manufacturing.

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Subsequent Steps and Expectations

  • Proceed efforts to determine grasp cell financial institution for a cell line expressing AEZS-150 for use to conduct additional pre-clinical efficacy and security exams.
  • Meet with regulatory authorities to find out the event path ahead; Firm expects assembly in mid-2023 and an abbreviated security and toxicology program because the energetic precept ([1-34)-PTH fragment) is already approved and in use.

Macimorelin Therapeutic (AEZS-130):
Ghrelin agonist in development for the treatment of
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)

Recent Highlights

  • Substantial progress in the development of a suitable, alternative formulation for use in ALS.
  • Ongoing evaluation of AEZS-130 in transgenic mouse ALS models to demonstrate the therapeutic potential of macimorelin in this indication.

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Subsequent Steps

  • Proof-of-concept outcomes from ongoing pre-clinical research anticipated within the first quarter of 2023.
  • Following potential achievement of proof-of-concept, the Firm will search to have a scientific recommendation assembly with regulatory authorities to debate program growth subsequent steps.
  • Toxicology and security research to assist therapy over extended intervals are ongoing and based mostly on the substantial physique of pre-clinical and scientific knowledge already accessible from the profitable growth of macimorelin (Macrilen™) as a diagnostic in AGHD.

Strategic Conclusion

“Our disciplined growth technique ensures that we set up progress in our tasks inside an outlined timeframe, to be able to optimize the Firm’s capital and human assets,” stated Giuliano La Fratta, Chief Monetary Officer, Aeterna. “We proceed to drive progress throughout quite a lot of our packages and stay targeted on advancing these packages to their subsequent section of growth if we decide that the information and monetary danger/reward of doing so is justified. The strategic resolution to streamline our pipeline, by discontinuing our vaccine growth, gives the Firm with the power to satisfy its at present anticipated money wants into 2025. Revenues which may be achieved if we out-license any of these growth packages aren’t thought of in our finances and thus gives additional upside potential.”

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About Aeterna Zentaris Inc.

Aeterna Zentaris is a specialty biopharmaceutical firm creating and commercializing a diversified portfolio of pharmaceutical and diagnostic merchandise targeted on areas of serious unmet medical want. The Firm’s lead product, macimorelin (Macrilen™; Ghryvelin®), is the primary and solely U.S. FDA and European Fee authorized oral take a look at indicated for the prognosis of grownup progress hormone deficiency (AGHD). The Firm is leveraging the scientific success and compelling security profile of macimorelin to develop it for the prognosis of childhood-onset progress hormone deficiency (CGHD), an space of serious unmet want, in collaboration with Novo Nordisk.

Aeterna Zentaris is devoted to the event of therapeutic belongings and has lately taken steps to determine a rising pre-clinical pipeline to probably deal with unmet medical wants throughout quite a lot of indications, together with neuromyelitis optica spectrum dysfunction (NMOSD), Parkinson’s illness (PD), hypoparathyroidism and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; Lou Gehrig’s illness).

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Ahead-Trying Statements

This press launch incorporates statements that will represent forward-looking statements throughout the which means of U.S. and Canadian securities laws and rules, and such statements are made pursuant to the safe-harbor provision of the U.S. Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Ahead-looking statements are steadily, however not at all times, recognized by phrases comparable to “expects,” “aiming”, “anticipates,” “believes,” “intends,” “potential,” “potential,” and related expressions. Such statements, based mostly as they’re on present expectations of administration, inherently contain quite a few dangers, uncertainty and assumptions, identified and unknown, a lot of that are past our management.

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Ahead-looking statements on this press launch embody, however aren’t restricted to, these regarding Aeterna’s expectations relating to: its preclinical and scientific research, its means to safe regulatory approvals for Macrilen™, its efforts to acquire a growth and commercialization associate for Macrilen™ within the U.S. and Canada and the power to satisfy its at present anticipated money wants into 2025.

Ahead-looking statements contain identified and unknown dangers and uncertainties, and different elements which can trigger the precise outcomes, efficiency or achievements said herein to be materially completely different from any future outcomes, efficiency or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking data. Such dangers and uncertainties embody, amongst others, our reliance on the success of the DETECT scientific trial within the European Union and U.S. for Macrilen™ (macimorelin) in CGHD; outcomes from our ongoing or deliberate pre-clinical research and our DETECT scientific trial below growth will not be profitable or might not assist advancing the product additional in pre-clinical research, to human scientific trials or regulatory approval; our means to boost capital and acquire financing to proceed our at present deliberate operations; our now heavy dependence on the success of Macrilen™ (macimorelin) and associated out-licensing preparations and the continued availability of funds and assets to efficiently commercialize the product; the worldwide instability because of the world pandemic of COVID-19 and the battle within the Ukraine, and their unknown potential impact on our deliberate operations; our means to enter into out-licensing, growth, manufacturing, advertising and marketing and distribution agreements with different pharmaceutical firms and maintain such agreements in impact; and our means to proceed to record our frequent shares on the NASDAQ. Buyers ought to seek the advice of our quarterly and annual filings with the Canadian and U.S. securities commissions for extra data on dangers and uncertainties, together with these dangers mentioned in our Annual Report on Type 20-F and annual data type, below the caption “Threat Components”. Given the uncertainties and danger elements, readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We disclaim any obligation to replace any such elements or to publicly announce any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to mirror future outcomes, occasions or developments, except required to take action by a governmental authority or relevant legislation.

No securities regulatory authority has both authorized or disapproved of the contents of this information launch. The Toronto Inventory Change accepts no accountability for the adequacy or accuracy of this launch.

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