Transparency notification – Gilead Sciences, Inc. holds 14.75% of Galapagos shares

Mechelen, Belgium; 25 January 2016 – Transparency notification to Galapagos NV (Euronext & NASDAQ: GLPG) – Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) crosses a 10% threshold of Galapagos’ voting rights, to a 14.75% shareholding in Galapagos.

Pursuant to Belgian transparency legislation[1], Galapagos NV (“Galapagos”) and Gilead Sciences, Inc. (“Gilead”) have filed a joint transparency notification on 22 January 2016.  The transparency notification announces that Gilead, as a result of its entirely-controlled subsidiary Gilead Biopharmaceutics Ireland Unlimited Company subscribing to a capital increase and thus receiving 6,760,701 new Galapagos shares on 19 January 2016, indirectly holds 14.75% of the current 45,837,043 outstanding Galapagos shares.  Gilead therefore crossed a 10% threshold of Galapagos’ voting rights on 19 January 2016.  Furthermore, Galapagos and Gilead are acting in concert as a result of standstill and lock-up provisions with respect to Galapagos shares held by Gilead contained in their global collaboration agreement for the development and commercialization of the JAK1-selective inhibitor filgotinib.  The full transparency notice is available for viewing on the Galapagos website.

About Galapagos
Galapagos(Euronext & NASDAQ: GLPG) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company specialized in the discovery and development of small molecule medicines with novel modes of action.  Our pipeline comprises three Phase 2, four Phase 1, five pre-clinical, and 20 discovery studies in cystic fibrosis, inflammation, fibrosis, osteoarthritis and other indications.  We have discovered and developed filgotinib: in collaboration with Gilead we aim to bring this JAK1-selective inhibitor for inflammatory indications to patients all over the world.  Galapagos is focused on the development and commercialization of novel medicines that will improve people’s lives.  The Galapagos group, including fee-for-service subsidiary Fidelta, has approximately 400 employees, operating from its Mechelen, Belgium headquarters and facilities in The Netherlands, France, and Croatia.  More information at

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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