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DuPont and Arzeda Collaborate to Develop Improved Crops to Increase Productivity
Date:7/13/2009

Custom Enzyme Design Technology to Bring More Options to Global Agriculture

Des Moines, Iowa and Seattle, Wash. (Vocus) July 13, 2009 -- DuPont and Arzeda Corp. today announced a technology collaboration to develop new traits to increase agricultural productivity.

Under the agreement, DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred will use novel enzymes designed by Arzeda to develop next generation seed traits in crops of worldwide agricultural importance such as corn, soybeans, rice, cotton and canola.

"Arzeda's tools are a perfect fit with our gene shuffling technology to enable the development of industry-leading products to increase productivity for our customers worldwide," said John Bedbrook, DuPont vice president - Agriculture & Nutrition Research and Development. "We are pleased to work with Arzeda, the industry leader in protein engineering and designing enzymes with novel activities."

Arzeda will use its proprietary computational protein design technology to custom-design novel enzymes that catalyze specific biological reactions that are of commercial importance to Pioneer. Pioneer will use its expertise in crop molecular biology and biotechnology, including its proprietary trait enhancing tool-gene shuffling, to incorporate these traits into seed products to meet the global demand for agricultural products.

The agreement provides Pioneer with exc
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