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Our commitment to inflammation

At Galapagos we believe we can have a meaningful impact on the lives of millions of people who currently live with an inflammatory disease and we are driven to make a difference.

Our commitment to inflammation is rooted in the history of our company. Our approach to drug discovery was modelled on inflammatory diseases because we believe this remains one of the greatest areas of unmet therapeutic need. Our ambitious spirit and desire to bring our medicines to patients, has seen us evolve from a pure discovery company to a European Biotech.

Autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases (AICIDs)  occur when the body’s immune system attacks its own cells and causes an inflammatory response.1,2 Chronic inflammatory diseases are currently estimated to affect one in every 20 people in Western society.3 Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and Crohn’s Disease (CD) are all examples of inflammatory conditions affecting around 5 million Europeans. 4,5,6

These diseases bear a heavy cost on individuals and their families that are living with the impact of the diseases every day, as well as on healthcare systems and society. For example, a person living with RA may struggle with simple, everyday tasks, such as tying their shoelaces or even combing their hair.7 Similarly, a person living with UC, may severely limit their social life, relationships and their careers out of fear of experiencing symptoms in a public place or with a partner.8


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