Evotec Completes Divesture of Chemical Development Business to Aptuit

HAMBURG, Germany and OXFORD, England, December 03, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Evotec AG today announced that it has completed the sale of its Chemical Development Business to Aptuit, Inc. for a total consideration of GBP 31.5 million (approx. EUR 44 million) effective November 30, 2007.

This divestiture allows Evotec to focus even more on its strategy to become an emerging pharmaceutical company providing high-value research results to its partners through discovery collaborations and partnering of preclinical and clinical programs developed internally. Following this divestiture, the proposed acquisition of Renovis, with an expected closing early next year, will be an important next step in building a leading CNS company.

Dr Mario Polywka, Chief Operating Officer of Evotec AG, commented: "Evotec has decided to focus on core competencies that are important for high-value proprietary research and collaborations and to divest businesses that are not core to this strategy. We have successfully executed on this plan during the recent months and our increased cash resources put us in a very strong position to leverage our clinical assets. We are pleased to hand-over to Aptuit a well established business and thank all the transferring employees for their hard work over the years."

Forward looking statements

Information set forth in this report contains forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the anticipated benefits of Evotec's products, the timing of the completion of the transaction between Evotec and Renovis, the anticipated benefits of the business combination transaction involving Evotec and Renovis, including future financial and operating results, the combined company's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, the anticipated timing and results of the combined company's clinical and pre-clinical programs, and other statements that are not historical facts. Evotec cautions readers that any forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information. These include risks and uncertainties relating to: the ability to obtain regulatory approvals of the transaction on the proposed terms and schedule; the parties' ability to complete the transaction because conditions to the closing of the transaction may not be satisfied; the failure to successfully integrate the businesses; unexpected costs or liabilities resulting from the transaction; the risk that synergies from the transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; disruption from the transaction making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; competition and its effect on pricing, spending, third-party relationships and revenues; the need to develop new products and adapt to significant technological change; implementation of strategies for improving internal growth; use and protection of intellectual property; general worldwide economic conditions and related uncertainties; future legislative, regulatory, or tax changes as well as other economic, business and/or competitive factors; and the effect of exchange rate fluctuations on international operations.

The risks included above are not exhaustive. The most recent reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, Form 8-K and other periodic reports filed by Renovis with the Securities and Exchange Commission contain additional factors that could impact the combined company's businesses and financial performance. The parties expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect any change in the parties' expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

Additional information

Renovis has filed a Current Report on Form 8-K that includes as an exhibit the Agreement and Plan of Merger between Evotec and Renovis. Evotec intends to file a Registration Statement on Form F-4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the proposed merger. Evotec and Renovis expect to mail a joint proxy statement/prospectus, which will form part of the Registration Statement on Form F-4, to shareholders of Renovis in connection with the proposed merger. This document will contain important information about the merger and should be read before any decision is made with respect to the merger. Investors and stockholders will be able to obtain free copies of this document and any other documents filed or furnished by Evotec or Renovis through the website maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. Free copies of these documents may also be obtained from Evotec, by directing a request to Evotec's Investor Relations department at Schnackenburgallee 114, 22525 Hamburg, Germany, or from Renovis, by directing a request to Renovis' Investor Relations department at Two Corporate Drive, South San Francisco, California 94080.

In addition to the documents referenced above, Renovis files or furnishes annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You may read and copy any reports, statements or other information filed or furnished by Renovis at the SEC's Public Reference Room at Station Place, 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. You can request copies of these documents by writing to the SEC and paying a fee for the copying cost. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for more information about the operation of the Public Reference Room. Renovis's SEC filings are also available to the public at the SEC's web site at http://www.sec.gov, or at their web site at http://www.renovis.com.

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    Evotec A

    Anne Hennecke

    SVP, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

    Phone: +49(0)40-56081-286

    Fax: +49(0)40-56081-333

    E-Mail: 


anne.hennecke@evotec.com

CONTACT: Evotec A, Anne Hennecke, SVP, Investor Relations & CorporateCommunications, Phone: +49(0)40-56081-286, Fax: +49(0)40-56081-333, E-Mail: anne.hennecke@evotec.com

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Posted: December 2007


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