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Galapagos raises EU4.4 million through warrant exercises

MECHELEN, Belgium, June 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Galapagos NV (Euronext:GLPG) (Nasdaq:GLPG) announced today a share capital increase arising from warrant exercises.

Since its inception in 1999, Galapagos has used warrant plans to incentivize personnel and management and have them share in the success of the company. Following warrant exercises during the exercise period from 2 June 2015 through 15 June 2015, Galapagos issued 491,406 new ordinary shares for a total capital increase (including issuance premium) of €4,395,172.45.

CEO Onno van de Stolpe exercised 108,126 warrants, half of which he retained as shares. These exercised warrants were due to expire on 27 June 2015. Onno van de Stolpe has consequently increased his holding to a total of 518,289 shares, representing 1.3% of the outstanding Galapagos shares.

In accordance with Belgian transparency legislation1, Galapagos notes that its total share capital currently amounts to €210,405,535.62; the total number of securities conferring voting rights is 38,894,582, which is also the total number of voting rights (the "denominator"), and all securities conferring voting rights and all voting rights are of the same category. The total number of rights (warrants) to subscribe to not yet issued securities conferring voting rights is 2,520,399, which equals the total number of voting rights that may result from the exercise of these warrants (but excludes the 625,740 warrants of Warrant Plan 2015 which were created on 30 April 2015, subject to acceptances). Galapagos does not have any convertible bonds or shares without voting rights outstanding.

About Galapagos

Galapagos (Euronext:GLPG) (Nasdaq:GLPG) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company specialized in the discovery and development of small molecule medicines with novel modes of action, with a pipeline comprising three Phase 2 programs, two Phase 1 trials, five pre-clinical studies, and 20 discovery small-molecule and antibody programs in cystic fibrosis, inflammation, and other indications. In the field of inflammation, AbbVie and Galapagos signed a collaboration agreement for the development and commercialization of filgotinib. Filgotinib is an orally-available, selective inhibitor of JAK1 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and potentially other inflammatory diseases, currently in Phase 2B studies in RA and in Phase 2 in Crohn's disease. Galapagos reported good activity and a favorable safety profile at 12 weeks in both the DARWIN 1 and 2 trials in RA. AbbVie and Galapagos also signed a collaboration agreement in cystic fibrosis to develop and commercialize molecules that address mutations in the CFTR gene. Potentiator GLPG1837 is currently in a Phase 1 trial, and corrector GLPG2222 is at the pre-clinical candidate stage. GLPG1205, a first-in-class inhibitor of GPR84 and fully-owned by Galapagos, is currently being tested in a Phase 2 proof-of-concept trial in ulcerative colitis patients. GLPG1690, a fully proprietary, first-in-class inhibitor of autotaxin, has shown favorable safety in a Phase 1 trial and is expected to enter Phase 2 in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. 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 info at www.glpg.com

Galapagos forward-looking statements

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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

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CONTACT: Galapagos NV Elizabeth Goodwin, Head of Corporate Communications & IR Tel: +31 6 2291 6240 ir@glpg.comSource:Galapagos NV