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Sigma-Aldrich to Supply ZFN Reagents for Dow AgroSciences

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Dow AgroSciences said today that Sigma-Aldrich will manufacture and supply zinc finger nuclease reagents for use with Dow AgroSciences' Exzact Precision Technology, a genome modification platform for plants.

Under the agreement, Sigma-Aldrich will be the exclusive provider of ZFN reagents for use in plants available to Dow AgroSciences, its affiliates, and licensees of its Exzact Precision Technology. Dow AgroSciences, which is a wholly woned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, said the Exzact platform enables precision transformation, trait stacking, and targeted mutagenesis in plants.

"This exclusive manufacturing and supply agreement marks an important milestone for DAS and its licensees, securing much-needed additional capacity and a competitive cost position for ZFN reagents," Daniel Kittle, VP of R&D for Dow AgroSciences, said in a statement. "This is critical as the Exzact Precision Technology is deployed in product development."

Financial and other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.