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Galapagos NV (GLPG.BR) Announces Expanded Drug Discovery Collaboration Between Its Service Division BioFocus DPI And Schering-Plough Research Institute (SGP)


9/24/2009 11:39:39 AM

MECHELEN, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - September 24, 2009) -


Mechelen, Belgium and Saffron Walden, UK; 24 September 2009 - Galapagos NV (Euronext: GLPG) announces today that its service division, BioFocus DPI, has initiated a drug discovery collaboration with Schering-Plough Research Institute (SPRI). Under the terms of the agreement, BioFocus DPI will perform medicinal chemistry with supporting biology and ADME/PK services for multiple Schering-Plough drug discovery projects. Total contract value for Galapagos is EUR 2.8 M over a one year period.

Building on a collaboration established in May 2009 and expanded this month, BioFocus DPI scientists will work with two of SPRI's European sites on these drug discovery projects.

"We are pleased to build on our collaborative relationship with SPRI, which has evolved into one of the larger for BioFocus DPI this year with over 20 research staff currently engaged," said Onno van de Stolpe, CEO of Galapagos. "BioFocus DPI has proven resilient in securing large collaborations with strong partners, amidst consolidation and reorganization in the pharma industry."

About Galapagos and BioFocus DPI

Galapagos (Euronext: GLPG; OTC: GLPYY) is a drug discovery and development company with small molecule programs in bone and joint diseases, bone metastasis, cachexia, anti-infectives and metabolic diseases. Its division BioFocus DPI offers a full suite of target-to-drug discovery products and services to pharmaceutical and biotech companies as well as not-for-profit organizations, encompassing target discovery and validation, screening and drug discovery through to delivery of pre-clinical candidates. BioFocus DPI also provides adenoviral reagents for rapid identification and validation of novel drug targets, compound libraries for drug screening as well as ADMET products to select compounds. Galapagos currently employs 495 people and operates facilities in six countries, with global headquarters in Mechelen, Belgium. More info at www.glpg.com and www.biofocusdpi.com.

CONTACTS

Galapagos NV
Onno van de Stolpe, CEO
Tel: +31 6 2909 8028
ir@glpg.com

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