Start of Phase II with EVT 101 in treatment-resistant depression with Roche

From 30 June 2010, patient recruitment has begun for the proof-of-concept Phase II study in treatment-resistant depression with EVT 101. The study has the main objective of evaluating the safety and tolerability of EVT 101 while also exploring the efficacy of this intervention. If Roche exercises its buy-back option after completion of this Phase II trial, Evotec would receive an immediate $65 m lump-sum payment in exchange for the assignment of the rights and would be eligible for further development and sales performance milestones of up $300 m, and scalable double-digit commercial payments.

Jingxin Pharma in-licenses Evotec's insomnia candidate EVT 201 for development in China (after period-end)

In October, Evotec entered into a license and collaboration agreement with Zhejiang Jingxin Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd ("Jingxin Pharma") for EVT 201, a novel potential treatment for insomnia. The agreement grants Jingxin Pharma exclusive rights to develop and market the drug candidate in China. In return, Evotec will receive a small upfront payment, together with commercial milestones and significant royalties.

Jingxin Pharma will initiate clinical trials with EVT 201 in China in 2011. All development costs will be borne by Jingxin Pharma. Evotec will have the right to reference clinical data produced by Jingxin Pharma to support potential further development of EVT 201 in other territories. This deal allows further progression of the EVT 201 insomnia programme at no additional cost to Evotec and therefore represents an important step in realising the drug candidate's intrinsic value.

Good progress with early discovery programmes

In the first half of 2010, Evotec nominated the final development candidate, EVT 501, in its H3 receptor antagonist programme and, in the third quarter, started API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) production of the compound to support regulatory (GLP) toxicology and safety pharmacology studies. This programme is in part funded by the BMBF. The initiation of a Phase I programme is planned within the next 12 months.