MECHELEN, Belgium, Oct. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Galapagos NV (Euronext: GLPG) announced today that Bart Filius, currently Vice President, CFO Sanofi Europe, will join Galapagos as Chief Financial Officer, effective 1 December 2014. Bart will join the Executive Committee of Galapagos and be responsible for Finance, Investor Relations, IT, and Purchasing.
Bart Filius has over 13 years' experience at Sanofi. During the past three years as CFO Sanofi Europe, Bart was instrumental in transforming the Sanofi European organization to be well-positioned beyond the patent cliff. Earlier at Sanofi, Bart was CFO and Country Manager of Sanofi in the Netherlands. Before that, he was Vice President for Mergers & Acquisitions, during which time Bart led and completed the divestiture of various franchises.
Prior to joining Sanofi, Bart was a strategy consultant at Arthur D. Little. Bart is a Dutch national and has an MBA degree from INSEAD and a bachelor's degree in business from Nyenrode University.
"We are pleased to welcome Bart Filius into our Executive team," said Onno van de Stolpe, CEO of Galapagos. "His vast experience in Big Pharma and his sharp strategic view will help us bring Galapagos to the next level, as we prepare to have our rheumatoid arthritis molecule GLPG0634 enter Phase 3 and progress more programs into patients next year."
"I am very excited to join Galapagos at this important point of its development", said Bart Filius. "As we move forward and the pipeline matures further, I look forward to bringing my experience in Finance and M&A to Galapagos."
Galapagos (Euronext: GLPG; OTC: GLPYY) is specialized in novel modes-of-action, with a pipeline comprising three Phase 2 studies, two Phase 1 studies, five pre-clinical, and 20 discovery small-molecule and antibody programs in cystic fibrosis, inflammation, antibiotics and metabolic disease. In the field of inflammation, AbbVie and Galapagos signed an agreement for the development and commercialization of GLPG0634. GLPG0634 is an orally-available, selective inhibitor of JAK1 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, currently in Phase 2B studies in RA and in Phase 2 in Crohn's disease. Galapagos has another selective JAK1 inhibitor, GSK2586184 (formerly GLPG0778, in-licensed by GlaxoSmithKline in 2012). AbbVie and Galapagos signed an agreement in cystic fibrosis to develop and commercialize molecules that address mutations in the CFTR gene. Potentiator GLPG1837 is expected to start Phase 1 in 2014. Galapagos also expects to nominate a pre-clinical candidate corrector before year end 2014. The Galapagos Group, including fee-for-service subsidiary Fidelta, has around 400 employees, operating from its Mechelen, Belgium headquarters and facilities in The Netherlands, France, and Croatia. Further information at: www.glpg.com
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