Evotec Participates in the Sale of Direvo Biotech to Bayer Healthcare

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HAMBURG, Germany, Sept. 16, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Evotec AG (Frankfurt:EVT) (Nasdaq:EVTC) announced today that the Company participates via convertible bonds in the sale of Direvo Biotech AG to Bayer HealthCare AG published this morning. Evotec holds convertible bonds valued at approximately EUR 5 million which Evotec received as part of the compensation for the sale of its equity holding in Direvo in May 2007.

Evotec co-founded Direvo in 2000 and got an equity stake in the new venture in exchange for licenses to Evotec's EVOscreen(r) technology. Direvo uses high throughput technologies for the rapid discovery and optimization of biopharmaceuticals and other biomolecules.

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 three programs in clinical development: EVT 201, a partial positive allosteric modulator (pPAM) of the GABAA receptor complex for the treatment of insomnia, EVT 101, a subtype selective NMDA receptor antagonist for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and/or pain, and EVT 302, a MAO-B inhibitor in development for smoking cessation. Evotec's proprietary preclinical research programs focus on the purinergic receptors, P2X3 and P2X7, for the potential treatment of pain and inflammatory diseases. In addition, Evotec has worldwide collaboration and license agreements with Pfizer to research, develop and commercialize small molecule vanilloid receptor (VR1) antagonists. For additional information, please go to www.evotec.com.

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Evotec AG
Anne Hennecke, SVP, Investor Relations 
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