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Crucell and DSM Announce PER.C6(R) Licensing and Service Agreement with Roche for Protein Production
LEIDEN, The Netherlands, Feb. 16, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Dutch biotechnology company Crucell N.V. (Euronext:CRXL) (Nasdaq:CRXL) and allied contract manufacturer DSM Biologics announced today that they have signed a PER.C6(R) research license agreement with Roche. This license agreement allows Roche to use the PER.C6(R) cell line for production of monoclonal antibody products as well as a specific undisclosed protein.Roche has selected PER.C6(R) for this particular protein because it believes PER.C6(R) possesses unique features capable of delivering the appropriate product quality. Further to this agreement, Crucell will work with Roche in creating a production clone for the specific protein.
Crucell Receives Patents Covering PER.C6(R) for Protein Production
LEIDEN, The Netherlands, Feb. 16, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Dutch biotechnology company Crucell N.V. (Euronext:CRXL) (Nasdaq:CRXL) announced today that it has been granted two pivotal patents relating to the production of proteins, one by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the other by the European Patent Office. The U.S. Patent (No: 6,855,544) was granted on February 15, 2005, while the European patent (No: 1161548) was granted today.With these two patents Crucell considerably strengthens its patent position in and around the manufacturing of monoclonal antibodies and therapeutic proteins using cell lines and production technology marketed under its trademark PER.C6(R).
Skandia's Market Position in Sweden
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 16, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Tomorrow the Swedish Insurance Federation will be publishing the industry's quarterly statistics for the fourth quarter of 2004. These statistics also include information about Skandia's sales development. Consequently, in respect of the stock exchange listing agreement, Skandia is today releasing sales information for the fourth quarter of 2004.
Port of Houston Authority
PHA's Small Business Development Program Delivers Success
HOUSTON, Feb. 15, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- The Port of Houston Authority's Small Business Development Program (SBDP) achieved stellar performance results during 2004 through contract awards and purchase orders issued to hundreds of small business vendors. The SBDP is designed to help PHA contractors make good faith efforts to include small business participation in eligible contracts. The program's ultimate goal is to award at least 35 percent of all eligible contracts to small businesses. To date, in the three years since the inception of the PHA's small business program, a total of $76.2 million has been awarded or committed in contracts to eligible small businesses that have participated in the program.
Oneida To Sell Sherrill Flatware Manufacturing Facility
ONEIDA, N.Y., Feb. 15, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Oneida Ltd. (OTCBB:ONEI) today announced that it is in final negotiations with respect to an agreement to sell certain assets of its flatware factory operations in Sherrill, N.Y., to Sherrill Manufacturing, Inc. on undisclosed terms. Oneida previously announced on September 9, 2004 that it was ceasing manufacture of flatware at its Sherrill facility.
Safeguard, World Wide Eyes Merger Discussions Terminated
REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Feb. 15, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- CorpHQ Inc. (Pink Sheets:COHQ) today announced that after more than seventy-five days of postponed meetings and delays, Axium Technologies Inc., f/k/a World Wide Eyes, Inc. ("WWE") has terminated merger discussions with Safeguard Technology International, Inc. ("STI"), a CorpHQ portfolio company.
Green Welling LLP
Claims of Ford Explorer Owners to Proceed as Class Action in California
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 15, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Ford Motor Company suffered another setback in its effort to defend the Explorer sport-utility vehicle. On February 8, 2005, the California Superior Court in Sacramento certified a class-action lawsuit pending against Ford, charging that it knew of a rollover defect in its Explorer SUVs that it concealed from consumers.
Mobile Satellite Ventures
ATC Patent With 125 Claims Issues to Mobile Satellite Ventures
RESTON, Va., Feb. 15, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Mobile Satellite Ventures (MSV) announced today that it has been awarded a 3rd patent, covering 125 claims. The grant of this patent, and allowance of all claims, extends MSV's issued patent portfolio to nearly 500 allowed claims. MSV's patents represent another important step in launching ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) technology.