NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Two Blades Foundation today announced a licensing agreement with Dupont Pioneer providing it access to 2Blades' TAL Code technology for commercial use in certain crop plants.
The licensed technology enhances Dupont Pioneer's ability to further develop advanced plant genetics, the foundation said. In return, Dupont Pioneer will provide 2Blades access to improvements it makes to the TAL Code technology for use in 2Blades' humanitarian efforts to support sustainable farming.
Financial and other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The TAL Code technology was discovered by researchers at Martin-Luther University in Halle, Germany and is based on novel sequence-specific DNA binding proteins that may be designed for the recognition of almost any sequence of interest. The Two Blades Foundation has exclusive rights for commercial use of the technology in plants and has licensed it to a number of partners, including most recently Monsanto and KWS SAAT.