QUÉBEC CITY, Oct. 10, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ: AEZS) (TSX: AEZ) (the "Company") today announced that George R. Merriam, MD, Director of the Clinical Study Unit at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, and Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle and Tacoma, WA, will give an oral presentation on AEZS-130, Aeterna Zentaris' ghrelin agonist, at the 6th International Congress of the Growth Hormone Research (GRS) and Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF) Society, which will be held in Munich, Germany, October 17-20, 2012.
The presentation titled, "Use of an orally-active ghrelin mimetic, macimorelin (AEZS-130), as a safe, simple test for Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency (AGHD): Effect of BMI on optimal cut off ", will take place on Thursday, October 18, 2012, from 4:30 to 4:45 pm (local time), in the Black Box Room of the Gasteig Conference Center.
AEZS-130, a ghrelin agonist, is a novel orally-active small molecule that stimulates the secretion of growth hormone. The Company has completed a Phase 3 trial for use as an oral diagnostic test for AGHD. AEZS-130 has been granted orphan drug designation by the FDA for use in this indication. Aeterna Zentaris owns the worldwide rights to AEZS-130.
About Aeterna Zentaris
Aeterna Zentaris is an oncology and endocrinology drug development company currently investigating treatments for various unmet medical needs. The Company's pipeline encompasses compounds at all stages of development, from drug discovery through to marketed products. For more information please visit www.aezsinc.com.
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