Monsanto and AgriMetis Announce Global Licensing Agreement to Drive Novel Insect Control Solutions
ST. LOUIS, Mo. and LUTHERVILLE, Md. (MARCH 21, 2018) – Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) and AgriMetis, LLC have announced an exclusive collaboration for Monsanto’s continued research with AgriMetis’ SpinoMetis™ platform, which includes novel insect protection compounds derived from a naturally-occurring bacterium. The SpinoMetis platform builds on the established safety and efficacy profiles of other products of the same origin to provide a semi-synthetic, broad-spectrum approach to controlling key insect pests in agriculture. In early research, the platform has been shown to be comparable or superior to commercial comparators in trials evaluating performance against lepidopteran, hemipteran, and other pests.
“Our initial lab testing with the SpinoMetis platform showed promising results in insects of economic significance for farmers, so our team is eager to expand our evaluations to the field,” said Dr. Jeremy Williams, Monsanto agricultural productivity innovations lead. “Monsanto is committed to developing sustainable modern agriculture solutions to help growers address the challenges they face each growing season, and this platform has the potential to provide enhanced insect protection while maintaining a safe environment for mammals and pollinators.”
The agreement includes an exclusive global license from AgriMetis to Monsanto for agricultural research in row, vegetable, and other crops for a three-year period, as well as an option for Monsanto to acquire exclusive commercial rights at the end of the term. AgriMetis is a company focused on discovering novel agrochemicals based on fermentative and/or synthetic improvements for crop protection.
“We are very excited to work with Monsanto on this solution-driven technology. The SpinoMetis platform is the first of several new crop protection molecules that AgriMetis plans to bring to the global crop protection industry,” commented Steven Tuttle, AgriMetis President and CEO. “The SpinoMetis platform validates AgriMetis’ methodology to discover, develop and deliver innovative chemical solutions for global agricultural industry partners.”
AgriMetis is dedicated to fulfilling the increasing demand for sustainable crop protection products. We innovate these crop protection products through leading edge and advanced discovery, development, and delivery methods. Our AgriMetis technology platform is at the interface of biology, biochemistry, and chemistry. AgriMetis’ scientific approach is multidisciplinary and integrated, which allows AgriMetis to exploit areas of chemical space and production routes that are inaccessible to others. AgriMetis was formed in March 2014. With headquarters in Lutherville, Maryland, AgriMetis continues to grow and develop its technologies and capabilities. For more information, please visit agrimetis.com.
Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information Concerning AgriMetis
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” concerning the development of AgriMetis’ products, the potential benefits and attributes of such products, and the company’s expectations regarding its prospects. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual future events or results to differ materially from such statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release. Actual results may vary. AgriMetis undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements for any reason.
About Monsanto Company
Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops - such as corn, soybeans, and cotton - that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn more about Monsanto, our commitments and our more than 20,000 dedicated employees, please visit monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter® at twitter.com/MonsantoCo.
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SpinoMetis™ is a trademark of AgriMetis, LLC.