Harlow, UK; 15 November 2010 - Argenta, a service division of Galapagos NV (Euronext: GLPG), announced today that it has received the CIR accreditation from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
The accreditation allows French companies to benefit from significant tax relief (Crédit d'Impôt sur la Recherche) on research carried out by Argenta on their behalf.
Dr. Jeremy Billson, Argenta's VP Business Development, commented: "We are delighted to receive this accreditation from the French Ministry of Research, which will allow our eligible clients to receive tax credits amounting to 30% of their R&D expenditure with Argenta. As such, it should facilitate our efforts to expand Argenta's client base in France."
For further information concerning the Crédit d'Impôt sur la Recherche, please refer to the website of the Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche: http://www.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr
Argenta's contract research, which includes expertise in medicinal chemistry, computer-aided drug discovery, in vitro biology, analytics, in vivo pharmacokinetics, pharmacology and world-leading respiratory models, has a strong reputation for scientific excellence. Argenta was acquired by Galapagos in February 2010 and employs over 140 people in the UK with its main operations in Harlow. More info at: www.argentadiscovery.com
VP Business Development, Argenta
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