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AEterna Zentaris completes management team with the appointment of Chief Medical Officer
Date:8/19/2007

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 establi
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