SOURCE: Crucell N.V.

March 17, 2008 02:38 ET

Crucell and DSM Biologics Announce Additional PER.C6® Licensing Agreement with MorphoSys

LEIDEN, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - March 17, 2008) -


Leiden, The Netherlands, 17 March 2008 - Dutch biotechnology company Crucell N.V. and DSM Biologics, a business unit of DSM Pharmaceutical Products, today announced that German-based MorphoSys AG has decided to extend the PER.C6® technology licensing agreement entered in September 2004, exercising an option for clinical and commercial production of antibodies. The extended license agreement allows MorphoSys to use the PER.C6® production platform for its proprietary therapeutic cancer antibody program MOR202, as well as for clinical and commercial production of MOR202. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

About MorphoSys

MorphoSys (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: MOR; Prime Standard Segment, TecDAX) is a publicly traded biotechnology company focused on the generation of fully human antibodies as a means to discover and develop innovative antibody-based drugs against life-threatening diseases. MorphoSys's goal is to establish HuCAL as the technology of choice for antibody generation in research, diagnostics and therapeutic applications. The Company currently has therapeutic and research alliances with the majority of the world largest pharmaceutical companies including Boehringer Ingelheim, Centocor/Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Pfizer and Roche. Within these partnerships, more than 50 therapeutic antibody programs are ongoing in which MorphoSys participates through exclusive license and milestones payments as well as royalties on any end products. Additionally, MorphoSys is active in the antibody research market through its AbD Serotec business unit. The business unit has operations in Germany (Munich), the U.S. (Raleigh, NC) and U.K. (Oxford). For further information please visit http://www.morphosys.com/

HuCAL® and HuCAL GOLD® are registered trademarks of MorphoSys AG

About PER.C6® Technology

Crucell's PER.C6® technology platform has been developed for the large-scale manufacture of biopharmaceutical products such as recombinant proteins including monoclonal antibodies. Compared to conventional production technologies, the strengths of PER.C6® technology lie in its excellent safety profile, scalability and productivity under serum-free culture conditions.

About Crucell

Crucell N.V. (Euronext, NASDAQ: CRXL; Swiss Exchange: CRX) is a global biotechnology company focused on research, development, production and marketing of vaccines, proteins and antibodies that prevent and treat primarily infectious diseases. Its vaccines are sold in public and private markets worldwide. Crucell's core portfolio includes a vaccine against hepatitis B, a fully-liquid vaccine against five important childhood diseases and a virosome-adjuvanted vaccine against influenza. Crucell also markets travel vaccines, such as the only oral anti-typhoid vaccine, an oral cholera vaccine and the only aluminum-free hepatitis A vaccine on the market. The Company has a broad development pipeline, with several product candidates based on its unique PER.C6® production technology. The Company licenses its PER.C6® technology and other technologies to the biopharmaceutical industry. Important partners and licensees include DSM Biologics, sanofi-aventis, Novartis, Wyeth and Merck & Co. Crucell is headquartered in Leiden, the Netherlands, with subsidiaries in Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Korea and the US. The Company employs over a 1000 people. For more information, please visit www.crucell.com.

About DSM Biologics

DSM Biologics, a business unit of DSM Pharmaceutical Products, is a global provider of manufacturing technology & services to the biopharmaceutical industry. In addition to offering world-class biopharmaceutical manufacturing services, DSM Biologics has co-exclusive rights, along with Dutch biotech company Crucell N.V., to license the high-producing PER.C6® human cell line as a production platform for recombinant proteins and monoclonal antibodies. The combination of the PER.C6® human cell line and DSM's manufacturing services provides companies with a turn-key biologic manufacturing solution reducing cost, risk and time to market.

DSM - the Life Sciences and Materials Sciences Company

DSM creates innovative products and services in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences that contribute to the quality of life. DSM's products and services are used globally in a wide range of markets and applications, supporting a healthier, more sustainable and more enjoyable way of life. End markets include human and animal nutrition and health, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive, coatings and paint, electrics and electronics, life protection and housing. DSM has annual sales of almost EUR 8.8 billion and employs some 23,000 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations on five continents. DSM is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.


Forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve inherent risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections of the management of DSM and Crucell and information currently available to both companies. The statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and therefore DSM and Crucell do not guarantee that their expectations will be realized. Furthermore, DSM and Crucell have no obligation to update the statements contained in this press release.

Crucell has identified certain important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements. For information relating to these factors please refer to the Form 20-F, as filed by Crucell with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on June 13, 2007, and the section entitled "Risk Factors". Crucell prepares its financial statements under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (US GAAP) and Europe (IFRS).

For further information please contact:


DSM Pharmaceutical Products Crucell N.V. Media:
Karen King                  Barbara Mulder
President                   Director Corporate Communications
DSM Biologics               Tel: +31-(0)71-519 7346
Tel: +1-973-257-8427        press@crucell.com
Karen.King@dsm.com

DSM Biologics               Investors/Analysts:
Marcel Lubben               Oya Yavuz
Vice President              Director Investor Relations
Marketing, Sales & NBD      Tel: +31-(0)71-519 7064
Tel: +31-(0)46-477 3343     ir@crucell.com
marcel-m.lubben@dsm.com




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