Hamburg, Germany - Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT; NASDAQ: EVTC) announced today that at its July 9, 2008 meeting the
Supervisory Board of Evotec AG decided to propose the election of
Dr Flemming Ornskov to the Supervisory Board at the next Annual General Meeting on August 28, 2008 with the intent to elect him Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Prof Dr Heinz Riesenhuber who served as member of Evotec's Supervisory Board since 1994 and as its Chairman since 1997 will become Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
Dr Flemming Ornskov, 50, is a well known expert in the pharmaceutical industry. As Corporate Vice President and Global President, Pharmaceuticals, at Bausch & Lomb, he is responsible for the company's prescription and generic pharmaceuticals, as well as its general eye health and vitamins businesses. Previously, Dr Ornskov was first Chairman, then CEO and President of LifeCycle Pharma, an emerging cardiovascular and transplantation specialty company. Prior to this, he served as CEO and President of a biotech start-up Ikaria, Inc. From 2002 to 2005, Dr Ornskov was President of the Ophthalmics Business Unit for Novartis. Prior, he led Novartis' U.S. cardiovascular franchise. Prior to joining Novartis, Dr Ornskov held multiple leadership positions at Merck & Co.
"We are delighted that Dr Ornskov has agreed to be nominated for election to Evotec's Supervisory Board. Following the Company's strategic transition from an organization focused on technologies and services to a drug discovery and development company, we believe this is the right point in time to nominate a new Chairman with a strong background in drug development. Dr. Ornskov is an experienced professional in the pharmaceutical industry and we are convinced that Evotec will greatly benefit from his international experience and industry background as the discovery and development of drug candidates and their partnering towards commercialization is increasingly becoming the key component of Evotec's business," commented Prof Dr Riesenhuber, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Evotec AG.
In addition, as communicated in September 2007 in context of the acquisition of Renovis, Dr Corey Goodman, President of Pfizer's Biotherapeutics and Bioinnovation Center and former Chief Executive Officer & President of Renovis, and John Walker, CEO of Novacea and former Executive Chairman and Principal Executive Officer of Renovis, will be nominated for election as new members of Evotec's Supervisory Board. They will replace Peer Schatz and Dr William Jenkins who decided to step down from their positions on the Supervisory Board. Dr Jenkins will remain active at Evotec as Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board.
"I would like to express on behalf of the management of Evotec our warmest thanks to Prof Riesenhuber for his reliable and invaluable support in the dynamic development of Evotec for many years. Prof Riesenhuber has made enormous contributions to the successful development of our company and our transition to become a developer of novel CNS drugs and I am delighted that he will stay connected with Evotec in his new role. In addition, I would like to thank Dr William Jenkins and Peer Schatz for their significant contributions in this development as well and look forward to working with Dr Jenkins in his role as Chairman of our Scientific Advisory Board," added Jörn Aldag, President & Chief Executive Officer of Evotec AG.
Contact: Anne Hennecke, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, Evotec AG, Phone: +49.(0)40.56081-286, firstname.lastname@example.org
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