Leiden, Netherlands
Leiden, Netherlands

Crucell is a biotechnology company specializing in vaccines and biopharmaceutical technologies. The firm, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is headquartered in Leiden, Netherlands. Crucell shares were previously listed on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange and formed part of the AMX index until April 2011, when J&J completed a tender offer for the company. Wikipedia.


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A poliovirus (PV) strain was attenuated by a novel method of Cold-Adapted-Viral-Attenuation (CAVA). The resulting recombinant attenuated PV, CAVA-PV, shows wild-type replication at 30 C., but no substantial replication at 37 C. The inability to replicate at 37 C. is defined by an inability to quantify virus during infection at this temperature by titration (infectious units), qPCR (viral RNA) or Electron Microscopy (visual signs of infection). CAVA-PV is genetically stable under production conditions and shows utility for use as the backbone to produce attenuated strains with the same antigenic profile as conventional vaccines by replacing the sequence coding for the capsid of CAVA-PV with sequences coding for capsids of different PV strains. Furthermore, mutations identified in CAVA-PV can be engineered into different, even wild-type and neurovirulent poliovirus background strains to obtain additional CAVA-PV strains.


Patent
Crucell | Date: 2015-12-23

This disclosure relates to methods for preparing a virosome preparation comprising viral envelope protein of at least two, preferably at least three, more preferably at least four, different enveloped viruses, as well as to virosomal preparations obtained thereby. The disclosure also relates to the use of the virosomal preparations, e.g., as a vaccine.


Patent
Crucell | Date: 2015-11-04

Provided is designer nucleic acid constructs and polypeptides that can be used as therapeutic vaccines against HPV16.


Patent
Crucell | Date: 2015-03-31

Provided is a vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), comprising a recombinant human adenovirus of serotype 26 that comprises nucleic acid molecule encoding a RSV F protein or immunologically active part thereof.


The present invention provides human binding molecules specifically binding to staphylococci and having killing activity against staphylococci, nucleic acid molecules encoding the human binding molecules, compositions comprising the human binding molecules and methods of identifying or producing the human binding molecules. The human binding molecules can be used in the diagnosis, prophylaxis and/or treatment of a condition resulting from Staphylococcus.


Described are binding molecules, such as human monoclonal antibodies, that bind to an epitope in the stem region of hemagglutinin of influenza A viruses of phylogenetic group 1 and group 2, as well as influenza B viruses, and have a broad neutralizing activity against such influenza viruses. Provided are nucleic acid molecules encoding the binding molecules, their sequences, and compositions comprising the binding molecules. The binding molecules can be used, for example, in the diagnosis, prophylaxis, and/or treatment of influenza A viruses of phylogenetic groups 1 and 2, as well as influenza B viruses.


Provided herein are antibodies or antigen-binding fragments thereof that immunospecifically bind to the fusion (F) protein of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). Also provided are methods for of prevention, treatment and diagnosis of viral infection and/or the treatment of one more symptoms of RSV-mediated disease. Methods of generating antibodies that immunospecifically bind RSV F protein also are provided.


Patent
Crucell | Date: 2015-11-25

Provided are influenza hemagglutinin stem domain polypeptides comprising (a) an influenza hemagglutinin HA1 domain that comprises an HA1 N-terminal stem segment comprising the amino acids from position 1 to position x, preferably from position p to position x, of the HA1 domain, covalently linked by a linking sequence of 0-50 amino acid residues to an HA1 C-terminal stem segment, comprising the amino acids from position y to and including the C-terminal amino acid of the HA1 domain; and (b) an influenza hemagglutinin HA2 domain, wherein the hemagglutinin stem domain polypeptide is resistant to protease cleavage at the junction between HA1 and HA2, and wherein one or more amino acid of the amino acids at positions 337, 340, 352, 353, 402, 406, 409, 413 and/or 416 have been mutated, as compared to the corresponding positions in wild-type influenza HA.


Described are binding molecules, such as human monoclonal antibodies, that bind to hemagglutinin of influenza B viruses, and have a broad neutralizing activity against such influenza viruses. These binding molecules do not bind to hemagglutinin of influenza A viruses. Further provided are nucleic acid molecules encoding the binding molecules, and compositions comprising the binding molecules. The binding molecules can be used in the diagnosis of, prophylaxis against, and/or treatment of influenza B virus infections.


Described are binding molecules such as human monoclonal antibodies that bind to influenza virus H5N1 and have neutralizing activity against influenza virus H5N1. Also described are polynucleotides encoding the antibodies, and compositions comprising the antibodies and methods of identifying or producing the antibodies. The antibodies can be used in the diagnosis, prophylaxis, and/or treatment of an influenza virus H5N1 infection. In certain embodiments, the antibodies provide cross-subtype protection in vivo, such that infections with H5, H2, H6, H9, and H1-based influenza subtypes can be prevented and/or treated.

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