Monsanto said this week that it has signed a two-year collaboration with Pasadena-based computational biology startup Protabit to develop new software tools for high-throughput protein design and optimization.

Monstanto will use the software to help genetically engineer crops.

Under the agreement, for which no financial terms were released, Protabit will integrate computational approaches for protein optimization that will allow for the exchange of information across platforms and offer better ways to include new data, Monsanto said.

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