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Tibotec is 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 develops antiretroviral drugs for the treatment of AIDS.


In 1994, Rudi Pauwels (Rega Institute for Medical Research) founded Tibotec, together with his wife Carine Claeys, and their first co-workers Marie-Pierre de B├ęthune, Kurt Hertogs, and Hilde Azijn. In 1995 Paul Stoffels (Janssen Pharmaceutica) joined Tibotec. The company was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in April 2002. The name of the company is derived from the tetrahydro-imidazo-benzodiazepine-2(1H)-one and -thione (TIBO) compounds discovered at the Rega Institute for Medical Research (Belgium)Pauwels R, Andries K, Desmyter J, Schols D, Kukla MJ, Breslin HJ, Raeymaeckers A, Van Gelder J, Woestenborghs R, Heykants J, et al., Potent and selective inhibition of HIV-1 replication in vitro by a novel series of TIBO derivatives,Nature, 1990, 343, 470-474. .


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