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Founded1994; 28 years ago (1994)
  • Rudi Pauwels
  • Carine Claeys
  • Marie-Pierre de Béthune
  • Kurt Hertogs
  • Hilde Azijn
Defunct2002 (2002)
FateAcquired by Johnson & Johnson and merged into its Janssen Pharmaceuticals division

Tibotec was a pharmaceutical company with a focus on research and development for the treatment of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. The company was founded in 1994 and then acquired by Johnson & Johnson and merged into its Janssen Pharmaceuticals division in 2002.


In 1994, Rudi Pauwels of the Rega Institute for Medical Research founded Tibotec, together with his wife Carine Claeys, and their first co-workers Marie-Pierre de Béthune, Kurt Hertogs, and Hilde Azijn. In 1995 Paul Stoffels (Janssen Pharmaceuticals) joined Tibotec. The company was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in April 2002.[1] The name of the company is derived from the tetrahydro-imidazo[4,5,1-jk][1,4]-benzodiazepine-2(1H)-one and -thione (TIBO) compounds discovered at the Rega Institute for Medical Research (Belgium).[2]


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  1. ^ "Johnson & Johnson to Acquire Tibotec-Virco" (Press release). Johnson & Johnson. Mar 22, 2002.
  2. ^ Pauwels, Rudi; Andries, Koen; Desmyter, Jan; Schols, Dominique; Kukla, Michael J.; Breslin, Henry J.; Raeymaeckers, Alfons; Gelder, Jozef Van; Woestenborghs, Robert; Heykants, Jozef; Schellekens, Karel; Janssen, Marcel A. C.; Clercq, Erik De; Janssen, Paul A. J. (1990). "Potent and selective inhibition of HIV-1 replication in vitro by a novel series of TIBO derivatives". Nature. 343 (6257): 470. doi:10.1038/343470a0. PMID 1689015.
  3. ^ Andries, K.; Verhasselt, P; Guillemont, J; Göhlmann, H. W.; Neefs, J. M.; Winkler, H; Van Gestel, J; Timmerman, P; Zhu, M; Lee, E; Williams, P; De Chaffoy, D; Huitric, E; Hoffner, S; Cambau, E; Truffot-Pernot, C; Lounis, N; Jarlier, V (2005). "A Diarylquinoline Drug Active on the ATP Synthase of Mycobacterium tuberculosis". Science. 307 (5707): 223–7. doi:10.1126/science.1106753. PMID 15591164.
  4. ^ Zeuzem S, Berg T, Gane E, et al. (2012). TMC435 in HCV Genotype 1 Patients Who Have Failed Previous Pegylated Interferon/Ribavirin Treatment: Final SVR24 Results of the ASPIRE Trial. 47th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver. Barcelona, April 18–22, 2012. Abstract 2.

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