AEterna Zentaris (AEZS) Appoints Phil Theodore As Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel And Corporate Secretary

QUÉBEC CITY, Oct. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ: AEZS) (TSX: AEZ) (the "Company") today announced the appointment of Philip A. Theodore, as Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Before joining Aeterna Zentaris, Mr. Theodore was Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Zep Inc., a leading consumable chemical packaged goods company.

"We are very proud to welcome Philip to our leadership team, as he will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day duties with respect to the administrative, legal, human resources, corporate development and corporate secretary functions. In developing his career, Philip has held increasingly responsible positions with several leading companies. He has extensive experience in merger and acquisition activities, integration of companies, management of numerous litigation matters as well as in counselling corporate management in regards to credit agreement negotiations, corporate disclosure issues and general contract issues", said David Dodd, Chairman and CEO of Aeterna Zentaris. "In his role, Phil will be an invaluable asset in establishing the platform for value growth and development of our Company."

Mr. Theodore added, "I am delighted to be joining Aeterna Zentaris at this exciting watershed in its transition to an operating specialty biopharmaceutical company. Clearly, the Company is on a path to successfully become a commercial-oriented entity and I look forward to working with the Aeterna Zentaris team in building a successful and sustainable, competitive organization."

Philip A. Theodore's Background

Mr. Theodore is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and holds a B.A. (Political Science) from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Before joining Aeterna Zentaris, Philip Theodore served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Zep Inc., a leading global supplier of consumable chemical packaged goods. Prior to joining Zep Inc., he served as Vice President of Corporate Development, Compliance and Legal for BioReliance, Inc. from September 2008 to April 2009; as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of John H. Harland Company from September 2006 to September 2007; and as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Serologicals Corporation from 2004 through August 2006. Mr. Theodore also served as a partner in the corporate practice of King & Spalding, LLP, an Atlanta-based law firm, from 1986 through 2003.

About Aeterna Zentaris Inc.

Aeterna Zentaris is a specialty biopharmaceutical company engaged in developing and commercializing novel treatments in oncology and endocrinology. The Company's pipeline encompasses compounds at various stages of development. For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements

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