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NADII to be Known as Torrey Mesa Research Institute

NEW YORK, March 8 - Novartis Agricultural Discovery Institute (NADII) said Thursday it had changed its name to Torrey Mesa Research Institute.

"We chose the name Torrey Mesa Research Institute to reflect the outstanding discoveries and advances that have come out of the San Diego region," said Steven Briggs, CEO of TMRI, which is based in La Jolla, Calif.

TMRI, which was formerly an institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, became a subsidiary of Syngenta at the beginning of 2001 following the merger of Novartis Agribusiness and Zeneca Agrochemicals.

TMRI and Myriad Genetics recently announced that they had sequenced the rice genome map, offering information about the genes and their function.

TMRI, a leading agricultural genomics center, is focused on applying genomics to developing better seed traits and safer pesticides. The institute was formed in 1999 and employs 117 scientists.

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