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Promissory Note - deCODE genetics Inc. and Hakon Gudbjartsson

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                                PROMISSORY NOTE

$201,218                                                      Reykjavik, Iceland
                                                                    27 May, 2002

     FOR VALUE RECEIVED, the undersigned hereby unconditionally promises to pay
to the order of deCODE genetics, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Company"),
at the Company's principal office or at such other place as the holder hereof
may designate in writing, on or before 27 May, 2006, in lawful money of the
United States of America and in immediately available funds, the total price of
Two Hundred and One Thousand Two Hundred and Eighteen Dollars ($201,218),
together with interest, compounded annually, from the date hereof on the unpaid
principal at the rate of 6% per annum (such principal and interest, together
with any other amounts due hereunder, hereafter called "indebtedness").

     The undersigned shall have the right at any time to prepay the principal
hereof in whole or in part, without premium or penalty, provided that interest
on the principal hereof to be so prepaid accrued to the date of such prepayment
shall be paid concurrently with such prepayment.

     This Note is secured by, and is subject to all of the terms and provisions
of, the Pledge Agreement of even date herewith between the undersigned and the

     The Company shall have the option to credit the amount of any employment
related bonuses that the undersigned may, from time to time, be entitled to
receive from the Company against the outstanding indebtedness in lieu of paying
such amount directly to the undersigned.

     No failure or delay by the Company in exercising any right, power or
privilege under this Note shall operate as a waiver thereof nor shall any single
or partial exercise thereof preclude any other or further exercise thereof or
the exercise of any other right, power or privilege. The rights and remedies
herein provided shall be cumulative and not exclusive of any rights or remedies
provided by law. No course of dealing between the undersigned and the Company
shall operate as a waiver of any rights by the Company.

     The entire indebtedness shall automatically become due and payable in the
event that the undersigned's employment with the Company is terminated for any
reason. In addition, the entire indebtedness shall, at the option of the Company
exercised by written notice to the undersigned, become due and payable if the
undersigned shall default in the performance or observance of any of his
covenants, agreements or conditions contained in (i) this Note, as such may be
amended from time to time, or (ii) the Pledge Agreement, as such may be amended
from time to time, and in the event of such default, the Company may exercise
all remedies permitted by applicable law.

     The undersigned agrees to pay, in addition to the principal and interest
due and payable hereon, all costs and expenses (including, without limitation,
reasonable attorneys' fees) incurred by the Company in order to collect the
amounts due hereunder or to protect its interests hereunder.

     In the event that one or more of the provisions of this Note shall for any
reason be held invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, such
invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect any other provision
of this Note, but this Note shall be construed as if such invalid, illegal or
unenforceable provision had never been contained herein.

     The undersigned hereby waives presentment, protest and notice of protest,
demand for payment, notice of dishonor and all other notices or demands in
connection with the delivery, acceptance, performance, default or endorsement of
this Note.

     This Note shall be governed by, and construed, enforced and interpreted in
accordance with, the laws of the State of Delaware, excluding conflict of laws
principles that would cause the application of laws of any other jurisdiction.

                                             /s/ Hakon Gudbjartsson
                                             Hakon Gudbjartsson