Teachings from AEterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ:AEZS)’s rally

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AEterna Zentaris Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on endocrine therapy and oncology. Its lead endocrinology program is a Phase 3 trial in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with cetrorelix, an LHRH antagonist already marketed for in vitro fertilization under the brand name Cetrotide. The lead oncology program is a Phase 2 trial in endometrial and ovarian cancer with AEZS-108, a targeted cytotoxic peptide conjugate. Other lead compounds include ozarelix for BPH and prostate cancer as well as perifosine for multiple cancers.

Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ:AEZS) has been in the news for all the right reasons. Recently, Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ:AEZS) announced that

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Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ:AEZS) is all set to announce its earnings on Mar 15/a. As per Zack’s analyst ratings, Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ:AEZS) currently has an average brokerage rating of 1. On a scale of 1 to 5, a rating of 1 or 2 would indicate a buy, and a rating of 4 or 5 would signify a sell recommendation. A rating of 3 would indicate a hold on the stock. The consensus target price on (NASDAQ:AEZS) is $9.25 with a high of $11 and a low of $7.5.

Aeterna Zentaris today announced that the ZoptEC Phase 3 clinical study of Zoptrex(TM) (zoptarelin doxorubicin) in women with locally advanced, recurrent or metastatic endometrial cancer did not achieve its primary endpoint of demonstrating a statistically significant increase in the median period of overall survival of patients treated with Zoptrex(TM) as compared to patients treated with doxorubicin.

As such, while we believe Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ:AEZS) represents a compelling growth story exposed to several secularly attractive markets, it would be interesting to see how it fairs for long-term investors.

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