EVOTEC AG ADS 6-K 2008
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On December 10, 2008, EVOTEC AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT; NASDAQ: EVTC) issued a press release announcing that, with effect of December 31, 2008, Jörn Aldag has resigned from his position as President & Chief Executive Officer of Evotec. Dr Mario Polywka, Chief Operating Officer, and Dr Klaus Maleck, Chief Financial Officer, will jointly lead the Company until a permanent successor is announced. The press release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Date: December 11, 2008
Jörn Aldag resigns as CEO of Evotec AG
Hamburg, Germany Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT; NASDAQ: EVTC) announced today that Jörn Aldag will resign from his position as President & Chief Executive Officer of Evotec. The resignation will be effective as of December 31, 2008. Dr Mario Polywka, Chief Operating Officer, and Dr Klaus Maleck, Chief Financial Officer, will jointly lead the Company until a permanent successor is announced.
Dr Flemming Ornskov, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Evotec, said: During his eleven-year tenure at Evotec Jörn Aldag played a pivotal role in the transformation of Evotec from a technology provider to an integrated, CNS-focused biopharmaceutical company. Today the Company has a very strong financial position and a deep preclinical and clinical pipeline of CNS drug candidates that provide a strong basis for future success. On behalf of the Evotec Supervisory Board, I would like to thank Jörn Aldag for his effective and very successful leadership of the Company and we wish him ongoing success for his future endeavors.
About Evotec AG
Evotec is a leader in the discovery and development of novel small molecule drugs. Both through its own discovery programs and through research collaborations, it is generating the highest quality research results to its partners in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. In proprietary projects, Evotec specializes in finding new treatments for diseases of the Central Nervous System. Evotec has four programs in clinical development: EVT 201, a partial positive allosteric modulator (pPAM) of the GABAA receptor complex for the treatment of insomnia, EVT 302, a MAO-B inhibitor in development for smoking cessation, EVT 101, a subtype selective NMDA receptor antagonist for the treatment of Alzheimers disease and/or pain, and a P2X7 antagonist for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. In addition, Evotec has a number of proprietary projects in preclinical development as well as a worldwide license agreement with Pfizer to research, develop and commercialize small molecule vanilloid receptor (VR1) antagonists for the treatment of pain.
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Information set forth in this press release contains forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our expectations and assumptions concerning regulatory, clinical and business strategies, the progress of our clinical development programs and timing of the results of our clinical trials, strategic collaborations and managements plans, objectives and strategies. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, and which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. In particular, the risks and uncertainties include, among other things: risks that product candidates may fail in the clinic or may not be successfully marketed or manufactured; risks relating to our ability to advance the development of product candidates currently in the pipeline or in clinical trials; our inability to further identify, develop and achieve commercial success for new products and technologies; competing products may be more successful; our inability to interest potential partners in our technologies and products; our inability to achieve commercial success for our products and technologies; our inability to protect our intellectual property and the cost of enforcing or defending our intellectual property rights; our failure to comply with regulations relating to our products and product candidates, including FDA requirements; the risk that the FDA may interpret the results of our studies differently than we have; the risk that clinical trials may not result in marketable products; the risk that we may be unable to successfully secure regulatory approval of and market our drug candidates; and risks of new, changing and competitive technologies and regulations in the U.S. and internationally.
The list of risks above is not exhaustive. Our Annual Report on Form 20-F, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other documents filed with, or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission, contain additional factors that could impact our businesses and financial performance. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect any change in our expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
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