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CuraGen Expands Gene Discovery Collaboration With Pioneer Hi-Bred

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NEW HAVEN, Conn.--CuraGen, a genomics company here, announced the expansion of its ongoing gene discovery collaboration with agricultural genetics company Pioneer Hi-Bred of Des Moines, Iowa. Pioneer's annual funding will double from $2.5 million to a minimum of $5 million. Under the expansion, Pioneer and CuraGen will continue to apply CuraGen's integrated GeneCalling process suite, including proprietary technologies and information systems to discover genes responsible for agricultural seed product performance. CuraGen also has collaborations with Biogen and Genentech. CuraGen executive vice-president Gregory Went said his firm's productive relationship with Pioneer reflects CuraGen's business strategy of building its position through research collaborations with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and agricultural leaders.

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