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Novozymes growing more with less

Caracciolo Anderson

Jennifer Caracciolo Anderson, PHR, is People & Organization Partner in charge of human resources at the new Novozymes R&D facility in Research Triangle Park.

The future of agriculture is unfolding right here in North Carolina

Scientists in the Research Triangle area are developing new bio-based technologies to revolutionize the way farmers produce crops, and help meet the growing global demand for food in a more sustainable way.

Researchers are harnessing the power of beneficial microbes—which are a critical part of the plant ecosystem and the newest tool in the farmer’s toolkit. Learning how these

Employment at Novozymes increasingly involves plant research -- and great jobs are taking root in the Research Triangle. Photo courtesy of Novozymes NA.

important microbes work to support plant health is the next frontier in technology. And one of the local pioneers in this effort is Novozymes.

Big bets on BioAg

The Franklinton-based company recently announced plans to expand its North Carolina presence by adding a new bioagriculture research and development facility in the Research Triangle Park. Novozymes’ plan to invest more than $36 million over the next three years in RTP reflects the company’s commitment to bioinnovation for farmers around the world.

The new site will research and develop naturally occurring beneficial microbes found in the soil.  The microbes will effectively act like probiotics for crops by improving yield, fertility and providing pest control for fruits, vegetables, ornamentals and broad acre crops including corn, soy and wheat.

Help Wanted to Change the World

Feeding a world of nearly nine billion by 2050 will be no small task.  Farmers will need to produce more food in the next few decades than in the last 10,000 years combined. As a scientific community we’ll need the brightest minds to take on the challenge of finding the best solutions to this problem.  Novozymes’ new research and development facility is currently recruiting for 100 scientists to help meet this demand.

With Novozymes turning its focus to bioagriculture, new opportunites will be created in North Carolina. As Governor Pat McCrory said, “The research and development jobs Novozymes will create will further strengthen our high-tech hub and be an example of the strong talent pool and attractive quality of life that characterizes Wake County, the Research Triangle and the state.”

You can click here learn more about career opportunities in BioAg with Novozymes.

 

Novozymes at a glance

  • World leader in bioinnovation with over 700 products used in 130 countries
  • Established North American HQ in Franklinton, NC in 1979
  • 590 full-time workers in North Carolina
  • Established The BioAg Alliance in 2013 with Monsanto to develop sustainable biological solutions for agriculture

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