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Johnson & Johnson and Crucell Provide Progress Update on Preparations for Public Offer
Date:10/29/2010

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. and LEIDEN, Netherlands, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pursuant to the provisions of Section 7 paragraph 1(a) of the Dutch Decree on Public Takeover Bids (Besluit Openbare Biedingen Wft) requiring a public announcement within four weeks following the announcement of an intended public offer to provide a status update, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) and Crucell N.V. (NYSE Euronext, Nasdaq: CRXL; Swiss Exchange: CRX) provide the following joint update.

Johnson & Johnson and Crucell report that the companies are making progress on the preparations for the intended public offer that was previously announced on 6 October 2010 (the Offer). Regarding the announcement by Crucell on 28 October 2010 about manufacturing issues in Crucell's Shingal facility in Korea, Johnson & Johnson is working with Crucell to understand the circumstances surrounding these events and to assess the situation.

Johnson & Johnson has filed a first draft of the offer document with the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Stichting Autoriteit Financiele Markten, or the AFM) for review and approval. Johnson & Johnson currently expects to request and obtain the final approval of the offer document from the AFM and to be in a position to launch the Offer before the end of November, as previously announced. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will also have an opportunity to review and comment on the offer document.

On 14th October 2010, Crucell announced that it will convene an initial informational Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders on 10th December 2010 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to discuss the Offer. This initial informational meeting will not be the statutory shareholders meeting as required by Dutch takeover regulations.

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