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AEterna Zentaris completes management team with the appointment of Chief Medical Officer

QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - AEterna Zentaris Inc. (TSX: AEZ; NASDAQ: AEZS), a global biopharmaceutical company focused on endocrine therapy and oncology, today announced the filling of a key position completing the management team with the appointment of Paul Blake, M.D., as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.

"The appointment of Dr. Blake is timely and critical as our foremost priority is to bring our flagship product candidate, cetrorelix, to market as a novel treatment in the BPH indication in an expeditious manner", said David J. Mazzo, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer at AEterna Zentaris. "Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and is an excellent addition to our team, with over 25 years of solid experience in clinical development and product launching for major pharmaceutical companies worldwide. He will be instrumental in effectively managing our development programs through to commercialization, specifically our Phase 3 program in BPH for cetrorelix, as well as focusing on our other high priority drug development programs."

Prior to joining AEterna Zentaris, Dr. Blake was Chief Medical Officer of Avigenics, Inc. In 2005, he was Senior Vice President, Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs at Cephalon, Inc. before being promoted to Executive Vice President, Worldwide Medical & Regulatory Operations. From 1992 to 1998, he held the position of Senior Vice President and Medical Director, Clinical Research and Development at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals (now GSK).

Dr. Blake earned a medical degree from the London University, Royal Free Hospital. He was elected Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, Royal College of Physicians in the UK, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in the UK.

"Over the recent months, we have made significant progress in strengthening our core competencies and have undeniably established a world class team," said Dr. Mazzo. "I believe that with this experienced, highly competent team along with our rich, self-sustaining pipeline, we have all the key elements to successfully place AEterna Zentaris in a new growth category and significantly unlock shareholder value."

Following Dr. Blake's appointment, the Company's Executive Management Team is comprised of the following members:

- Paul Blake, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer;

- Jurgen Engel, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific


- Ellen McDonald, M.B.A., Senior Vice President, Business Operations and

Chief Business Officer;

- Mario Paradis, C.A., Senior Vice President, Administrative and Legal

Affairs, and Corporate Secretary;

- Nicholas J. Pelliccione, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Regulatory

Affairs and Quality Assurance; and

- Dennis Turpin, C.A., Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

About AEterna Zentaris Inc.

AEterna Zentaris Inc. is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on endocrine therapy and oncology with proven expertise in drug discovery, development and commercialization.

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Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the ability of AEterna Zentaris to implement its business strategies, the availability of funds and resources to pursue R&D projects, the successful and timely completion of clinical studies, the ability of AEterna Zentaris to take advantage of business opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry, uncertainties related to the regulatory process and general changes in economic conditions. Investors should consult the Company's quarterly and annual filings with the Canadian and U.S. securities commissions for additional information on risks and uncertainties relating to the forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to update these forward-looking statements.


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