Bayer CropScience, Cellectis plant sciences new agreements gene editing in plants

Bayer, Cellectis JV for gene editing in plants

9:52 AM, 30th January 2014
Bayer CropScience, Cellectis plant sciences new agreements

MONHEIM, GERMANY: Bayer CropScience has signed two new agreements with Cellectis plant sciences on gene editing in plants. The agreements extend the companies’ existing partnership to introduce targeted modifications to selected plant genes and genomes. The financial terms of these agreements are not disclosed.

The first aim of this extended partnership is to collaboratively create commercial traits for the canola seed market using new technologies developed by Cellectis plant sciences. The second aim is to provide Bayer with access to technologies that enable the directed engineering of plant genomes, such as gene stacking and targeted mutagenesis, for the development of improved crops.

“These new agreements position Cellectis plant sciences as a key partner for Bayer CropScience. Following the technical success we have achieved with all our programme in potatoes and oil crops, such as soybean and canola, the development of new commercial products relevant for the food industry has become the focus of our company,” said Luc Mathis, CEO, Cellectis plant sciences.

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