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Syngenta and Athenix form R&D biotech traits partnership

Agriculture.com Staff 01/31/2008 @ 1:47pm

Syngenta and Athenix Corp. have formed an agreement for the discovery of novel corn insect and soybean cyst nematode resistance genes. Athenix develops novel products and technologies for agricultural and sustainable industrial applications. The agreement will allow Syngenta access to novel gene leads from which to develop advanced generation corn and soybean products.

Under the agreement, Athenix will screen its extensive microbial strain collection for the identification and initial development of novel gene leads for control of corn rootworm, European corn borer, broad lepidopteran, and soybean cyst nematode. The resultant gene leads will be provided to Syngenta for further development.

Syngenta will have exclusive global ownership on any corn and soybean transformation events developed using Athenix lead genes, excluding Australia and New Zealand. Athenix may further license gene leads it generates in the discovery process.

"The agreement with Athenix will extend Syngenta's strategy of offering growers multiple modes of action against a range of key pests in corn and soybeans," says David Lawrence, head of global research and development for Syngenta. "Athenix and Syngenta have proven track records in bringing traits to market, and this timely and important collaboration will help accelerate Syngenta's introduction of new technologies to unlock crop productivity."

"We are pleased to work with a global agribusiness leader such as Syngenta to help bring our technical capabilities to commercialization," says Mike Koziel, Athenix chief executive officer. "This research and subsequent product offerings are important steps to providing growers and companies with more pest management choices."

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Syngenta and Athenix Corp. have formed an agreement for the discovery of novel corn insect and soybean cyst nematode resistance genes. Athenix develops novel products and technologies for agricultural and sustainable industrial applications. The agreement will allow Syngenta access to novel gene leads from which to develop advanced generation corn and soybean products.

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