05 May 2014

Aeterna Zentaris to create 60 new jobs in South Carolina

Columbia, S.C. – 05 May 2014 - Aeterna Zentaris Inc. has selected Charleston County, South Carolina for the company's newest North American business and global commercial operations. The $1 million investment is expected to create 60 new jobs. The Coordinating Council for Economic Development of South Carolina has approved job development credits for the project. 

Aeterna Zentaris Inc., which is based in Quebec, Canada, is a specialty biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments in oncology and endocrinology. The company plans to begin operations in the SCRA Applied Research Center on International Blvd. in North Charleston. In locating to the Charleston region, Aeterna Zentaris plans to establish strategic partnerships with MUSC and other clinical and research facilities in the area as part of the company's ongoing research and development activities. 

Over the next five years, Aeterna expects to expand its staff to support the areas of commercial operations, business development, regulatory and quality assurance, manufacturing management, clinical and product development, as well as various administrative functions. 

"Charleston is one of the most thriving and exciting business communities in the United States and we are looking forward to becoming a part of it. We want to thank the leadership within the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA) and the team at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), all of whom contributed to this significant decision for our corporation. Finally, we wish to thank Governor Nikki Haley, who personally conveyed the state's commitment to assisting companies such as Aeterna Zentaris in successfully developing the bio-industry throughout South Carolina." said David Dodd, president and CEO of Aeterna Zentaris. 

"We are excited Aeterna Zentaris chose Charleston to be the home of their new North American business and global commercial operations - further proof that South Carolina is attracting cutting-edge research and development. We celebrate their decision to invest $1 million and to create 60 new jobs." said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. 

Source: South Carolina Department of Commerce