SOURCE: Galapagos NV

April 21, 2009 01:40 ET

Galapagos and Opsona Therapeutics initiate drug discovery collaboration

MECHELEN, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - Galapagos NV (Euronext: GLPG) announces today that it has initiated an integrated drug discovery collaboration with Opsona Therapeutics (Dublin, Ireland). Under the terms of the agreement, Galapagos' service division BioFocus DPI will perform biology, medicinal chemistry and ADME/PK services for an Opsona drug discovery program. Opsona will make research payments to BioFocus DPI and fund the work of 4 to 5 BioFocus DPI scientists in 2009.

"We are pleased to add Opsona Therapeutics, an emerging biotech with a promising pipeline and a successful follow-on financing round, to the growing list of BioFocus DPI customers," said Onno van de Stolpe, CEO of Galapagos. "BioFocus DPI continues to attract top biotech, pharma and not-for-profit organizations as partners, resulting in one of the most well-rounded client bases in the business."

About Galapagos and BioFocus DPI

Galapagos (Euronext: GLPG; OTC: GLPYY) is a drug discovery and development company with 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 480 people and operates facilities in six countries, with global headquarters in Mechelen, Belgium. More info at www.glpg.com and www.biofocusdpi.com.

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

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