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Renovis Announces Management Changes
Date:10/1/2007

CEO Corey Goodman Steps Down; John Walker, Board Chair, Named Executive

Chairman

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Renovis, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNVS), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of drugs for major medical needs in the areas of neurological and inflammatory diseases, today announced that Corey Goodman, Ph.D., will step down today as President and Chief Executive Officer to pursue another opportunity. Dr. Goodman will continue to serve as a Renovis Board member until such time as the Company merges with Evotec AG (XETRA:EVT.DE), the Hamburg, Germany-based CNS drug discovery and development company, with which Renovis announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement on September 19, 2007. Following the merger, it is anticipated that Dr. Goodman will serve on Evotec's Supervisory Board as well as on its Scientific Advisory Board. Renovis Chairman of the Board, John Walker, will assume the position of Executive Chairman effective October 2, 2007, with responsibility for working with the executive management team.

Dr. Goodman commented, "Since helping co-found Renovis in 2000 and becoming its CEO in 2001, it has been my privilege to lead our uniquely talented team of scientists and biotech professionals. This group has distinguished itself in its entrepreneurial approach to drug discovery in the areas of neurological disease, pain, and inflammation. I am particularly proud of our portfolio of drug candidates for pain targeting members of the TRP and purinergic families of ligand-gated ion channels. Our team's work led to our collaboration on VR1 antagonists with Pfizer, our nerve growth and angiogenesis colla
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