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Crucell Announces STAR® Research License Agreement with Toyobo Gene Analysis Co. LTD.


Leiden, The Netherlands, April 2008 - Dutch biotechnology company Crucell N.V. (Euronext, NASDAQ: CRXL, Swiss Exchange: CRX) today announced a non-exclusive STAR® research license agreement with Toyobo Gene Analysis Co. LTD. Under the agreement, Toyobo Gene Analysis will evaluate Crucell’s STAR® technology for generating cell lines for the production of recombinant proteins for third-party customers. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

About STAR® Technology
STAR® technology is a production technology that is particularly useful for the production of recombinant human antibodies and proteins. It has a potentially broad application and is effective for production of antibodies and proteins on mammalian cell lines such as Crucell’s PER.C6® human cell technology and the widely used Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell line. STAR® technology contains genetic elements, called STAR® elements that enable stable and high-yield gene expression important to recombinant antibody and protein production in mammalian cells. The technology has the potential to increase production yields, thereby reducing production costs.
Forward-looking statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve inherent risks and uncertainties. We have 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 our Form 20-F, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on June 13, 2007, and the section entitled “Risk Factors”. The Company prepares its financial statements under generally accepted accounting principles in Europe (IFRS).


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