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Syngenta Licenses NRGene Genome Analysis Platform

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Syngenta has acquired a multiyear license to NRGene's GenoMagic cloud-based genome analysis platform, the companies announced today.

Under the terms of the nonexclusive deal, Syngenta will incorporate GenoMagic into its advanced R&D pipeline to evaluate, predict, compare, and select the best genetic makeup for crop molecular breeding and genomic selection. Additional terms were not disclosed.

Syngenta first began evaluating GenoMagic in 2016 and early last year started testing the platform in its trait discovery and breeding programs.

"NRGene's GenoMagic system is an enabler for us to unlock the full potential of the genetic diversity available within our breeding programs," Michiel van Lookeren Campagne, head of seeds research at Syngenta, said in a statement. "This next phase in our collaboration should greatly improve our ability to predict performance and accelerate our ability to bring innovation into the hands of growers around the globe."