Centaur Pharmaceuticals developed a novel class of small molecule pharmaceutical compounds for the treatment of neurodegenerative and inflammatory diseases such as acute stroke, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, myocardial ischemia and Parkinson’s disease. Renovis is a biopharmaceutical company with a primary focus on the discovery, development and commercialization of drugs to treat neurological diseases and disorders. 

Renovis acquired Centaur Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in December 2002.