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Origin Agritech Announces GMO Soybean Development and Commercialization Collaboration that Dramatically Expands Company's Market Opportunity

2020-07-27 15:30 6423

BEIJING, July 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Origin Agritech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SEED) (the "Company" or "Origin"), an agriculture technology company, today announced that the Company has entered into a collaboration agreement with Biotechnology Research Institute (BRI), a division of Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences (CAAS) to expand collaborations in GMO soybean research and commercialization. In addition to glyphosate tolerance G2-epsps gene, which BRI developed and Origin has global exclusive commercial rights in corn, soybean, and other major crops, Origin and BRI will expand our collaboration to develop dicamba tolerance, drought tolerance, and salt-alkaline tolerance GMO soybean varieties by using three BRI newly developed and patented genes. 

Over the years, Origin has been cooperating with BRI in developing various GM traits, including GMO phytase corn, glyphosate tolerance corn, and double stacked insect resistance and glyphosate tolerance corn.  The phytase corn trait received bio-safety approval in 2009. A number of elite phytase commercial corn hybrids have been developed and pending for variety bio-safety approval. Glyphosate tolerance corn and double stacked insect resistance/glyphosate tolerance corn have completed most trails and are in the government approval process. By using G2-epsps gene, BRI developed GMO glyphosate tolerance soybean, which received a bio-safety certificate on July 15, 2020.

The new collaboration agreement deepens Origin's cooperation with BRI and mainly focuses on related research and commercialization of GMO soybean. BRI will focus on fundamental research and provide technical support to Origin on GMO soybean product development and global commercialization.

"We are very pleased to further deepen our collaboration with Origin," said Dr. Li Xinhai, director of BRI, "the new agreement will definitely promote GMO soybean research and commercialization which will increase soybean production and benefit Chinese farmers and consumers in China as well as other parts of the world."  

About BRI and CAAS

CAAS is a national, integrative agricultural scientific research organization in China with responsibility for carrying out both basic and applied research, as well as research into new technologies impacting agriculture. BRI of CAAS is the only public, non-profit institution focusing on the frontiers of both basic and applied research of agro-biotechnology in China. The Key Laboratory of Agricultural Genomics, Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and the Center for Biosafety Assessment of GMOs are affiliated with BRI.

About Origin Agritech Limited

Origin Agritech Limited, founded in 1997 and headquartered in Zhong-Guan-Cun (ZGC) Life Science Park in Beijing, is China's leading agricultural technology. In crop seed biotechnologies, Origin Agritech's phytase corn was the first transgenic corn to receive the Bio-Safety Certificate from China's Ministry of Agriculture. Over the years, Origin has established a robust biotechnology seed pipeline including products with glyphosate tolerance and pest resistance (Bt) traits. For further information, please visit the Company's website at: http://www.originseed.com.cn or http://www.originseed.com.cn/en/.

Forward-Looking Statements

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