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Dow AgroSciences and Exelixis Plant Sciences Announce Major Research Collaboration, Asset Purchase to Advance Gene Discovery and Validation
Date:9/4/2007

INDIANAPOLIS and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), and Exelixis Plant Sciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of Exelixis, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXEL), announced today that the companies have signed a major research collaboration agreement which includes the purchase of selected assets by Dow AgroSciences' affiliate Agrigenetics Inc. The agreement is focused on the development of new tools for gene discovery and validation of novel crop traits. The asset purchase by Dow AgroSciences includes certain intellectual property and physical assets used for crop trait discovery.

In the rapidly advancing field of biotechnology, the capability to quickly identify and validate genes of interest in key crops is a competitive advantage. This contract research agreement and asset purchase combines the unique skills and technologies of both companies to deliver differentiated capabilities in gene discovery and validation.

"At Dow AgroSciences we continue to add cutting-edge tools to our Research and Development portfolio, and are excited about what this agreement will enable us to add to our existing capabilities," said Daniel R. Kittle, Ph.D., vice president of Research and Development for Dow AgroSciences. He adds, "This asset purchase and collaboration will accelerate our gene discovery and validation efforts as we work to bring revolutionary solutions for our customers. Ou
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