The Capital Group Companies notify of 5.85% shareholding in Galapagos

Mechelen, Belgium; 7 September 2012 – Galapagos NV (Euronext: GLPG) announced today that it has received a transparency notification from The Capital Group Companies, Inc., pursuant to Belgian legislation([1]).

Galapagos received a transparency notification on 5 September 2012 from The Capital Group Companies, Inc. (“The Capital Group Companies”), a holding company of which Capital Research and Management Company is an affiliate.  As a result of a corporate reorganization of The Capital Group Companies and its affiliates, ownership of Galapagos’ securities is no longer reported by Capital Research and Management Company; instead, reports are now filed by The Capital Group Companies. 

The Capital Group Companies has given notification of a holding of 1,554,436 Galapagos shares, which represents 5.85% of the 26,577,554 Galapagos shares outstanding today.  This is an increase from the 1,353,176 shares reported in a notification previously made by Capital Research and Management Company.

About Galapagos
Galapagos (Euronext: GLPG; OTC: GLPYY) is a mid-size clinical stage biotechnology company specialized in the discovery and development of small molecule and antibody therapies with novel modes-of-action.  The Company is progressing GLPG0634, as well as one of the largest pipelines in biotech, with four programs in development and over 30 discovery programs.  The Galapagos Group has over 800 employees and operates facilities in six countries, with global headquarters in Mechelen, Belgium.  More info at:

Galapagos NV
Elizabeth Goodwin, Director Investor Relations
Tel: +31 6 2291 6240

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([1])   Belgian Act of 2 May 2007 on the disclosure of major shareholdings in issuers whose shares are admitted to trading on a regulated market.