NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. and LEIDEN, Netherlands, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) and Crucell N.V. (NYSE Euronext, Nasdaq: CRXL; Swiss Exchange: CRX) today announced an agreement whereby Johnson & Johnson, through an affiliate, would acquire all outstanding equity of Crucell that it does not already own for approximately euro 1.75 billion in a recommended cash tender offer (the Offer).
Crucell is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the research & development, production and marketing of vaccines and antibodies against infectious disease worldwide. The Company currently markets vaccines in the paediatric, travel, endemic and respiratory fields and has several vaccines in clinical development.
After consummation of the Offer Johnson & Johnson expects to maintain Crucell's existing facilities, to retain Crucell's senior management and, generally, to maintain current employment levels. Johnson & Johnson also intends to keep Crucell as the center for vaccines within the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical group, and to maintain Crucell's headquarters in Leiden.
Johnson & Johnson currently owns 17.9% of Crucell's outstanding shares. In addition, in September 2009 Johnson & Johnson entered into an agreement with Crucell to develop a universal influenza monoclonal antibody and a universal flu vaccine for the treatment and prevention of influenza, as well as a long-term innovation collaboration for the development of monoclonal antibodies and/or vaccines directed against up to three other infectious and non-infectious disease targets.
"Johnson & Johnson and Crucell share a commitment to improving the lives of people worldwide," said Paul Stoffels, Global Head, Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Johnson & Jo
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