Biotech Updates

Syngenta and Bayer CropScience Sign Global Cotton Technology Licensing Agreement

July 16, 2010

Syngenta and Bayer CropScience have entered into a long-term business agreement for Syngenta's VIPCOTTM insect control technology in cotton. The technology expresses two insecticidal proteins that are highly effective against a number of important cotton pests, including cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa zea) and tobacco budworm (Heliothis virescens).

The addition of VIPCOT will complement Bayer's existing portfolio of cotton solutions. "Bayer is committed to being a leader in bringing innovative cotton solutions to farmers that help them tackle tough agronomic challenges and become more productive and profitable," said Dr. Joachim Schneider, Head of the BioScience business unit of Bayer CropScience. "We have one of the most robust cotton technology pipelines in the business, and we are pleased to be working with Syngenta to advance yet another insect control technology offering to benefit cotton farmers worldwide."

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