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Carolyn Egbert

Chair of Board of Directors and Chair of the NGC Committee

Carolyn has served as a director on the Company’s  Board since August 2012 and as Chair of the  Board since May 2016. After enjoying the private practice of law as a defense litigator in Michigan and Washington, D.C., she joined Solvay America, Inc. ("Solvay") (a chemical and pharmaceutical company) in Houston, Texas. Over the course of a twenty-year career with Solvay, she held the positions of Vice President, Human Resources, President of  Management Services, Global Head of Human Resources and Senior Executive Vice President of Global Ethics and Compliance. During her tenure with Solvay, she served as a director on the Board of Directors of seven subsidiary companies and as Chair of one subsidiary board.  After retiring in 2010, she established a consulting business providing expertise in corporate governance, ethics and compliance, organizational development, executive compensation, and strategic human resources.  She holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biological Sciences from George Washington University, Washington D.C. and a Juris Doctor degree from Seattle University, Seattle, Washington. Carolyn was also  a Ph.D. candidate in Pharmacology at both Georgetown University Medical School at Washington, D.C. and Northwestern University Medical School at Chicago, Illinois. She remains an active member of both the Michigan State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar, Washington, D.C.

Klaus Paulini, PhD

Executive Director

Klaus was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company in October 2019 and also serves as an Executive Director of the Corporation. Dr. Paulini is based in Frankfurt, Germany at our subsidiary, Aeterna Zentaris GmbH where he was appointed Managing Director in July 2019 and as Vice President of Quality and Regulatory in February 2018. Dr. Paulini began his career in the pharmaceutical industry at ASTA Medica AG in 1997. He had an active role when Zentaris was formed and spun out of ASTA Medica, and served in various roles with increasing responsibility at the company ever since, including project responsibility for Cetrotide®. As Head of Quality Assurance, Dr. Paulini successfully managed many of the Company’s clinical development projects – including Macrilen™/Macimorelin – in R&D phase as group leader of medicinal chemistry. With his extensive experience and knowledge, he provided successful oversight and valuable input for our pharmaceutical and clinical development programs, ensuring successful and compliant outcomes, ultimately leading to regulatory approvals by the US FDA and the EMA. Dr. Paulini obtained his PhD (Dr. Ing.) in chemistry at the Technical University Darmstadt (Germany) in 1993 and specialized in medicinal chemistry/drug discovery during subsequent postdoctoral fellowships at Strathclyde University (Glasgow, Scotland) and J.W. Goethe University (Frankfurt, Germany) before joining ASTA Medica AG.

Peter Edwards



Mr. Edwards served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Celanese Corporation from January 2017 to January 2019. Previously, Mr. Edwards was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Baxalta Incorporated, a biopharmaceutical spin-off from Baxter, from June 2015 until its merger with Shire plc in July 2016. Before that, he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the global specialty pharmaceuticals company, Mallinckrodt plc, from July 2013 to June 2015 and served as their Vice President and General Counsel from May 2010 leading to its spin-off from Covidien plc in June of 2013. Additionally, Mr. Edwards formerly  served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Solvay Pharmaceuticals in Brussels, Belgium from June 2007 until April 2010 and as their Senior Vice President and General Counsel in the US from October 2005 to June 2007.  Prior to that, he held in-house positions of increasing responsibility within Mettler-Toledo, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company.  Mr. Edwards began his career in 1990 as an associate in the Kansas City, Missouri office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. Mr. Edwards received his J.D., cum laude, from Brigham Young University. ​


Pierre-Yves Desbiens

Director – Chair of Audit the Committee

Pierre-Yves Desbiens (CPA, CA, CF, MBA) joined the Board of Directors of the Company on April 1, 2020. Mr Desbiens has served as director on our Board and chair of the Audit Committee since March 31, 2020. He provides financial consulting and consultation in business through his own firm, Financium Inc. Prior to that he was Venture Partner of the NEOMED Innovation Center for adMare Bioinnovations following the merger with the CDRD. Prior to the merger, he was Chief Operating Officer of the NEOMED Innovation Center, a division of the NEOMED Institute, and Chief Financial Officer of the NEOMED Institute since its inception in 2012. He has more than 30 years of professional and managerial experience, primarily as a CFO and in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry. He also served as portfolio manager at the Quebec Solidarity Funds and began his career with Deloitte, followed by PwC. He is an experienced director and audit committee chair of a variety of public and private biotech companies. Mr. Desbiens received his CPA in 1989 and his MBA from the University of Montréal (HEC) in 1997.

Mr. Gilles Gagnon (M.Sc., MBA, ICD.D) joined the Company’s Board of Directors on January 1, 2020. Mr. Gagnon currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ceapro Inc. Preceding his current role, Mr. Gagnon was President and CEO of Aeterna Zentaris Inc. During the past 35 years, Mr. Gagnon has worked at several management levels within the field of health, notably in the hospital  and pharmaceutical industries. Mr. Gagnon has participated in several international committees and strategic advisory boards. He served nine years on the board of directors of Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D - now Innovative Medicine Canada) where he represented members from the biopharmaceutical sector and pioneered the Rx&D’s Canadian Bio-partnering initiative. He is currently a member of the CEO Council of Innovative Medicine Canada. He is a certified corporate Director having completed the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and he has served on several boards of both private and publicly listed companies in the biopharmaceutical sector.


Gilles Gagnon


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