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Columbia Laboratories Announces Appointment of New Chief Financial Officer

BOSTON, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Laboratories, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRX) ("Columbia" or "the Company"), a provider of pharmaceutical development, clinical trial manufacturing, and advanced analytical and consulting services to the pharmaceutical industry, today announced that the Board has named George O. Elston, 50, as Chief Financial Officer, effective October 1. He succeeds Jonathan Lloyd Jones, who is stepping down from the role to pursue other opportunities.

"George has over 20 years of experience as a senior financial executive, and I am confident he will be a great member of the executive team at Columbia. As the CFO of several pharmaceutical development and life science firms, he has consistently shown his ability to grow companies, both organically and through collaborations, while delivering impressive bottom line results. This background is a perfect fit for Columbia's business model and makes George the ideal executive to help drive Columbia's performance forward," said Frank Condella, Columbia's president and chief executive officer.

Mr. Elston is an experienced finance executive who has been the CFO of several pharmaceutical development and life science companies. He joins Columbia from KBI Biopharma, a biopharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing firm, where he served as Senior Vice President and CFO, and was responsible for all financial operations. Mr. Elston is also a board member at Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. and chair of the audit committee, in addition to serving as a trustee for the Deutsche Bank DBX ETF Trust. Previously, Mr. Elston served as a senior executive at Optherion, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing biologic drugs for the treatment of ophthalmic and autoimmune diseases, and Elusys Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company developing antibody based therapies for life threatening infectious diseases. In addition to these roles, Mr. Elston was the founder and managing partner at Chatham Street Partners, which provided strategic and CFO advisory services to the executive management and boards of life science companies. Mr. Elston has a B.B.A in Public Accounting from Pace University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mr. Condella thanked Mr. Lloyd Jones for his contribution to Columbia during his time as CFO. "Jonathan is a talented executive, and I appreciate the leadership he has displayed. He played a pivotal role in building our new team and relocating the head office to Boston, and was instrumental in the acquisition and integration of Molecular Profiles. These actions have helped strengthen Columbia's financial position and will serve his successor and our shareholders well for the long-term. We wish Jonathan all the best in his future career," concluded Mr. Condella. Mr. Lloyd Jones will remain with the Company in an advisory role through October to ensure a smooth transition.

About Columbia Laboratories

Columbia Laboratories, Inc. provides pharmaceutical development, clinical trial manufacturing, and advanced analytical and consulting services to the pharmaceutical industry. The Company has a successful heritage in developing pharmaceutical products, particularly in women's health. Its most successful product to date, CRINONE® 8% (progesterone gel), is marketed by Actavis, Inc. in the U.S. and by Merck Serono S.A. in over 60 additional countries worldwide. For more information, please visit

CRINONE® is a registered trademark of Actavis, Inc. in the U.S.

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Katja Buhrer

MBS Value Partners

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SOURCE Columbia Laboratories, Inc.