Press Release •  2/24/2016

Dow AgroSciences, Radiant Genomics Expand R&D Collaboration Focused on Natural Products for Crop Pro

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INDIANAPOLIS and EMERYVILLE, CA (Feb. 24, 2016) –Novel natural products hold great potential for agriculture.  Discovering natural product-inspired solutions and bringing them to market are goals of Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), and Radiant Genomics who announced today an expansion of a research agreement signed in mid-2015.  The collaboration combines the proprietary metagenomic and engineering-biology technologies from Radiant Genomics with Dow AgroSciences’ industry-leading natural products discovery and product development capabilities to deliver new products from naturally derived chemistries.

The companies are building on success from the current collaboration, and are expanding the application of Radiant Genomics’ technology platform to include additional natural product targets for discovery research in both crop protection and traits. The expanded relationship broadens the application of Radiant Genomics’ propriety technologies across Dow AgroSciences’ research organization while enabling Radiant Genomics to expand their platform technologies. 

“Expanding our collaboration with Radiant Genomics is an important next step in leveraging the power of our collective expertise in natural products. I’m confident our work will translate into new sustainable solutions to address the expanding need for food production across the planet,” said Daniel R. Kittle, PhD, Vice President of Research and Development at Dow AgroSciences.

“We are excited to build on the success we have achieved thus far in our current collaboration with Dow AgroSciences and are looking forward to expanding the application of Radiant Genomics’ technology platform across Dow AgroSciences’ crop protection and seeds research organizations. We see the expansion of this collaboration as a strong validation of our technology, team, and approach,” said Dr. Jeffrey Kim, Chief Scientific Officer, Radiant Genomics, Inc.

About Dow AgroSciences
Dow AgroSciences discovers, develops, and brings to market crop protection and plant biotechnology solutions for the growing world. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, Dow AgroSciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company and had annual global sales of $6.4 billion in 2015. Learn more at Follow Dow AgroSciences on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

About Radiant Genomics
Radiant Genomics, Inc. was founded in 2012 with the goal of integrating a range of cutting-edge technologies including next-generation sequencing, synthetic biology, cloud computing, and metabolic engineering to develop a robust industrial platform for natural product discovery, diversification, and production. With this platform, Radiant Genomics can access the 99% of natural diversity that is currently inaccessible to scientists using traditional approaches.


Kenda Resler Friend

Dow AgroSciences


Oliver Liu

Radiant Genomics, Inc.


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