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UCB Announces Divestment of Celltech Manufacturing Services - a UCB Subsidiary for Contract Manufacturing

Brussels, Belgium, August 26, 2005 - UCB today announces the divestment of Celltech Manufacturing Services Ltd, in Ashton, UK, a UCB subsidiary carrying out contract manufacturing.  The subsidiary has been acquired by US company Inyx Incorporated for 27.5 million Euros.  Inyx is a speciality pharmaceutical company focusing on niche drug delivery technologies.     

About UCB

UCB (www.ucb-group.com) is a global biopharmaceutical leader with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, specialising in the fields of central nervous system disorders, allergy and respiratory diseases, immune and inflammatory disorders, as well as oncology. UCB key products are Keppra® (antiepileptic), Xyzal® and Zyrtec® (antiallergics), Nootropil® (cerebral function regulator), Tussionex(TM) (antitussive) and Metadate(TM) / Equasym XL(TM) (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). UCB employs over 8,500 people operating in over 40 countries. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels with a market capitalization of approximately € 6.8 billion.

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Jean-Christophe Donck

Vice President

Corporate Communication & Investor Relations

Phone +32 2 559 9588

Fax     +32 2 559 9571

Email   JC.Donck@UCB-Group.com

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