Evotec and Merck KGaA to collaborate on neurological disease target

Tuesday, 23. November 2010 07:26
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Evotec and Merck KGaA to collaborate on neurological disease target
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Hamburg, Germany - 23 November 2010: Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT,
TecDAX) today announced that it has signed within the "NEU²-Consortium"
framework and partially funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
(Bundesministerium fuer Bildung und Forschung - BMBF), an agreement with Merck
KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, to develop pre-clinical candidates for an undisclosed
neurological disease. Evotec will provide drug discovery expertise covering in
vitro biology, medicinal chemistry and in vitro and in vivo pharmacology.

As part of the collaboration, Evotec will apply their integrated drug discovery
expertise and technologies to identify interesting small molecules for the
selected target. The molecules will be further optimised and progressed through
lead optimization to a pre-clinical candidate.

Dr Mario Polywka, COO of Evotec commented: "We are proud to be part of the NEU²
consortium and we are extremely pleased that Merck KGaA selected Evotec to
collaborate on this interesting Drug Discovery Program which is a further
recognition of our CNS disease expertise."

Contact: Dr Werner Lanthaler, Chief Executive Officer,
Evotec AG, Tel.: +49.(0)40.56081-242, werner.lanthaler@evotec.com

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