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 News Release - January 25, 2006

AEterna Zentaris appoints former Abbott Vice President to its Board of Directors

QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 25 (HSMN NewsFeed) - Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (TSX: AEZ ; Nasdaq: AEZS ) today announced the appointment to its Board of Directors of Gerald J. Martin, former Vice President, Corporate Licensing and Technology Alliances at Abbott Laboratories. Mr. Martin is also former Chairman of Milkhaus Laboratory, a biotech company based in Providence, Rhode Island, focused mainly on male health.

"We are very proud to welcome a seasoned executive like Mr. Martin as an independent member of our Board of Directors", commented Dr. Eric Dupont, Aeterna Zentaris Chairman. "His thirty-year global pharmaceutical experience will be very valuable in bringing alternative perspectives to the Company's senior management team through the Board, as well as in elaborating strategies to enable sustainable growth."

Gilles Gagnon, President and Chief Executive Officer at Aeterna Zentaris added, "Mr. Martin has proven to be an acute senior executive in developing business opportunities which led to major product in-licensing and acquisition deals. For instance, the strategies he developed during his career at Abbott, contributed to the company's largest acquisition. Furthermore, he has vast experience in identifying product opportunities, including new treatments for prostate cancer as well as directing clinical development of treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia. This will surely be a great asset in the development of our own products, cetrorelix and ozarelix, currently being studied in benign prostatic hyperplasia and in prostate cancer."

Gerald J. Martin

Mr. Martin, former Vice President, Corporate Licensing and Technology Alliances at Abbott Laboratories, is currently Board Member of Life Sciences Information Technology Global Institute, a non-profit public benefit corporation chartered to identify and develop Good Informatics Practices (GIP) with focus on the establishment of GIP in drug development. Until recently, he was Chairman of the Board of Milkhaus Laboratory based in Providence, Rhode Island, a biotechnology company specialized mainly in male health. During his career in the biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical sectors, Mr. Martin, in addition to his general management functions, developed a strong expertise in sales and marketing, business development, as well as in clinical development.

About Aeterna Zentaris Inc.

Aeterna Zentaris Inc. is a growing global biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and marketing of therapies for cancer and endocrine disorders.

Aeterna Zentaris also owns 48.5% of the equity of Atrium Biotechnologies Inc. (TSX: ) and 64.9% of its voting rights. Atrium is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of science-based products for the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, chemical and nutritional industries.

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Source: AEterna Zentaris

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