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DuPont Pioneer and Hexima Collaboration Achieves Significant Milestone

New Insect-Active Gene Discovered, Suggests Promising Technology Development for Insect Control


DES MOINES, Iowa, and MELBOURNE, Australia, June 2, 2016 – DuPont Pioneer and Hexima announced today the discovery of a novel insect control gene that is active against certain crop-destroying insects and will help growers protect their yields. As growers struggle with pest pressure, new solutions are needed to maintain crop productivity. The gene comes from a unique genetic resource pool, and therefore, offers a promising new way to protect crops globally from the devastating damage that occurs when insect feeding goes uncontrolled.

The Pioneer and Hexima collaboration has been focused on finding new gene sources for insect control to help delay the onset of resistance development in insect populations. Iowa-based Pioneer and Melbourne-based Hexima formed a gene discovery research collaboration in 2014 to investigate new, untapped pools of genes that control insect-feeding on farmer crops.

“We are very pleased with the results to-date, with this collaboration which applies a unique and innovative approach to new insect active discovery. We are very excited for the future of this research partnership,” said Neal Gutterson, DuPont Pioneer, Research Vice President. “Our goal is to use our combined expertise to create a very effective and lasting control tool for farmers, globally.”

“The research collaboration between DuPont Pioneer and Hexima is focusing on developing new insect control technologies to protect crops from damaging insect feeding. We are working to deliver traits of novel mode-of-action with effective crop protection and durability,” said Nicole Van Der Weerden, Hexima Ltd., CEO.

Corn rootworms are estimated to cause in excess of $1 billion in losses annually in the United States alone, while leaf and ear feeding insects are estimated to cause $4 billion in losses globally each year. Effective and durable solutions require the incorporation of new modes-of-action insect control, such as the one recently discovered through this collaboration.

About DuPont Pioneer
DuPont Pioneer is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success®.

About DuPont
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders, we can help find solutions to such global challenges as bringing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.

About Hexima
Hexima is a biotechnology company actively engaged in the discovery and development of plant-derived proteins and peptides for applications as human therapeutics and for the genetic modification of crops. Hexima’s core agricultural technologies aim to strengthen commercial crops by enhancing their resistance to fungal disease and insect pests. Hexima’s antifungal technology platform is applicable across a number of areas including human and animal disease. For additional information about Hexima please visit www.hexima.com.au.

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6/2/2016

Contacts:      DuPont Pioneer
Susan Mantey
Susan.Mantey@Pioneer.com
+1-614-902-0836
     Hexima Ltd
Nicole van der Weerden
n.vanderweerden@hexima.com.au
+61-3-9479-1210