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Athenix Adds Pioneer Seed Pact

Athenix, an 8-year-old Research Triangle Park agricultural biotechnology company whose research was advanced by a $150,000 Small Business Research loan from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in 2002, has entered a collaboration with DuPont's Pioneer Hi-Bred business to develop genetic insect resistance in corn and soybeans.

Under the agreement, DesMoines, Iowa-based Pioneer will use proprietary insect-resistance trait genes from Athenix to develop and commercialize next-generation corn and soybean seed products. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

BASF, Monsanto Await FDA OK On Drought-Tolerant Corn

A jointly developed drought-tolerant corn from BASF Plant Science and Monsanto is being reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for regulatory clearance, according to the companies.

Monsanto has submitted the product to the FDA and, if approved, the firms expect to have it available to farmers within the next four or five years. The BASF unit's R&D facility is in Research Triangle Park.

Expression Analysis Adds Ag

Durham-based Expression Analysis will promote its recent purchase of an Illumina genome analyzer at the International Plant & Animal Genome Conference in San Diego next week, as proof of its entry into the agricultural market.

The 8-year-old provider of genomic services for clinical trials and research intends to use its booth at the show to demonstrate ways agricultural scientists can accelerate their discoveries using Expression Analysis in their biological research.

NC One Health Collaborative

Triangle Global Health Consortium: One Health Collaborative

The Triangle Global Health Consortium One Health Collaborative seeks to promote and improve the health and well-being of all species by enhancing collaboration between physicians, veterinarians, researchers and other local / global health professionals, and by increasing public awareness of the interconnectedness of people, animals and the environment.

East Advisory Committee


H. L. (Steve) Stephenson, III, attorney, Ward & Smith, P. A.
Immediate Past Chair
David Peele, Ph.D., president, Avoca, Inc


Full Committee

Feeding the World

Hardier Crops:

Innovative biotechnology solutions are creating crops that are more resistant to insects, diseases, and harsh weather, increasing U.S. farm income by more than $1.5 billion a year.

Healthier Animals:

Biotechnology-engineered vaccines are available for parasites and infectious diseases. In the future, it may be possible to breed animals naturally resistant to parasites and disease.


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