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November 21, 2001

Paul Friedman

Dear Paul:

It is with great pleasure that we offer you the position of Chief Executive
Officer of Incyte Genomics, Inc. ("Incyte" or the "Company"), reporting to the
Board of Directors of the Company.

1. Salary and Bonus. Should you accept our offer, your salary will be $600,000
per year, payable on a bi-weekly basis. This is a salaried, exempt position, as
your salary covers compensation for all hours worked. Your salary will be
subject to annual review by the Compensation Committee of the Board of
Directors, with the first such review to occur at the Compensation Committee's
regularly scheduled meeting for that purpose in the last quarter of 2002 or the
first quarter of 2003, as applicable. In addition, beginning fiscal year 2002
you will participate together with the Company's other executive officers in the
Company's Corporate Incentive Plan ("CIP"). Under the CIP, your target bonus
will be 50% of your annual salary, with the actual bonus amount determined by
the achievement of performance goals to be determined annually by the Board of

2. Stock Options and Restricted Stock Units. Incyte will grant you an option to
purchase 400,000 shares of Incyte common stock at an exercise price equal to the
fair market value of the common stock on the date of grant, which will occur on
the date of your commencement of employment with the Company. Twenty-five
percent (25%) of this option will vest on the first anniversary of the date of
grant, with the remaining seventy-five percent (75%) of the option vesting
monthly in thirty-six equal increments beginning in the month immediately
following the first anniversary of the date of grant. The specific terms and
conditions of this grant will be set forth in a Stock Option Agreement to be
entered into between you and the Company. Your stock options will be "incentive
stock options" to the maximum extent permitted by law. Upon the commencement of
your employment, you will also receive 100,000 restricted stock units (the
"Units"). Each Unit will enable you to receive one share of Incyte common stock.
The Units will vest fifty percent (50%) on the third anniversary of your
employment and the remaining fifty percent (50%) on the fourth anniversary of
your employment or on such earlier date as provided in the Employment Agreement,
dated November 26, 2001, between the Company and you (the "Employment
Agreement"). Upon your termination of employment, unvested Units will be
forfeited. The Units will be settled in shares of Incyte common stock on the
date of vesting or such later date, but not beyond the earlier of 30 days after
the termination of your employment or the ninth anniversary of the date you
commence your employment with the Company, as you may elect in a timely deferral
election filed with the Company.

3. Place of Performance. You will spend an average of at least 5 business days
per month working at the Company's West Coast headquarters, currently Palo Alto,
California, and the remaining business days working on the East Coast. The
Company will provide you with a furnished one bedroom apartment in the Palo Alto

4. Election to Board of Directors. Upon your acceptance of the position of Chief
Executive Officer, subject to the necessary Board of Directors approval and
effective upon


November 21, 2001
Paul Friedman
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commencement of your employment, you will be elected as a member of the
Company's Board of Directors.

5. Benefits. Incyte offers employees and their eligible dependents a variety of
group health insurance benefits. Effective on your first day of employment, you
will be eligible for these benefits which currently include medical, dental,
vision, disability and life insurance. An outline of our benefit package is
enclosed. Incyte offers a 401(k) Plan available for your participation at the
next open enrollment, held quarterly. Information about these programs and other
company benefits along with guidelines concerning employment are contained in
Incyte's Employee Handbook, a copy of which is issued at the time employment

6. Corporate Policy. As a condition of your employment with Incyte, you are
required to sign the enclosed Confidential Information and Invention Assignment
Agreement ("Confidential Information Agreement") protecting Incyte's proprietary
and competitive information. This offer of employment is subject to your
acceptance of the terms of the Confidential Information Agreement. As an Incyte
employee, you will be responsible for carrying out your duties and upholding all
Company policies as outlined in the Company Employee Handbook and in the
Confidential Information Agreement, as may be modified from time to time.

7. Term of Employment. Please note that your employment with Incyte, if
accepted, will commence on December 3, 2001 and will be on an "at will" basis,
meaning that either you or the Company can terminate the employment relationship
for any reason at any time.

8. Severance. If your employment with the Company is terminated without Cause or
for Good Reason or Change in Control Good Reason, you will be entitled to
receive the severance benefits described in the Employment Agreement.

9. Immigration Documentation. This offer of employment is expressly conditioned
upon your being able to provide Incyte with documentation on the date that you
report to work as evidence that you are fully authorized by the INS to accept
this employment position. This offer of employment is contingent on the Company
receiving satisfactory background checks.

Paul, we would be delighted by your decision to join Incyte and we look forward
to your acceptance of this offer of employment. We believe Incyte offers an
exciting and challenging opportunity.

Please consider our offer and advise me of your decision by December 3, 2001.
The Company does not intend to hold the offer open beyond this date.


November 21, 2001
Paul Friedman
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In order to confirm your agreement with and acceptance of these terms, please
sign one copy of this letter and return it to me along with your signed
Employment Agreement, Confidential Information Agreement, Computer Usage Policy,
EEO form and I-9. The Confidential Information Agreement must be returned with a
signed copy of this letter to be considered a valid acceptance. The other copy
of this offer letter is for your records. In the meantime, should you have any
questions about our offer or about the Company more generally, please contact


/s/ Roy A. Whitfield
Roy A. Whitfield
Chief Executive Officer


I have read and understand the terms of this offer including the attached
Confidential Information Agreement. I agree to the terms of employment set forth
in this letter and Confidential Information Agreement and will be available to
report to work on Monday, December 3, 2001.

                                                   /s/ Paul Friedman
                                                   Paul Friedman