Agriculture Division of DowDuPont Strengthens R&D Presence in California with Bay Area Innovation Center

HAYWARD, Calif., Feb. 7, 2018 - The Agriculture Division of DowDuPont announced the grand opening of the Bay Area Innovation Center (BAIC), a newly expanded state-of-the-art research and development facility focused on agricultural biotechnology discovery, enabling technology development and leading-edge informatics.

Consisting of 60,000 square feet of laboratories, 13,000 square feet of greenhouses, and 25,000 square feet of office space, the BAIC will be home to more than 100 highly skilled scientists dedicated to furthering innovation in agriculture. More than 100 researchers, academics, elected officials and media attended yesterday’s grand opening event.

“The Bay Area Innovation Center is a testament to the Agriculture Division’s growing commitment to promoting innovation in California, and in the Agriculture industry,” said James C. Collins, Jr., chief operating officer, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. “As part of the vibrant ecosystem of visionary companies, universities, startups, technology investors and NGOs, the BAIC will drive collaboration among some of the brightest minds within agriculture and beyond for the benefit of our customers and consumers. This is a true reflection of our commitment to bringing ongoing innovation through new, breakthrough products as well as our work to support a digitally connected, more sustainable agriculture industry, focused on effective use of information and analytics.”

The BAIC is part of a diverse network of Agriculture Division sites in the state of California, including recently acquired Granular in San Francisco, integrated operations and field R&D in Woodland, product characterization in Fresno and crop protection manufacturing in Pittsburg.

The BAIC conducts research on gene discovery, microbiome science, protein engineering, plant transformation, and data science and informatics. Its researchers have made significant achievements in a variety of areas including:

  • discovery of novel insect control leads for above- and below-ground pest control
  • new soybean transformation systems for commercial event generation
  • microbiome discovery platform for crop biologicals applications
  • fully automated assay systems for insect active screening and
  • design/development of new research informatics architecture.

About DowDuPont Agriculture Division

DowDuPont Agriculture, a business division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), combines the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences. Together, the Agriculture Division provides growers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry, developed through a robust research pipeline across germplasm, biotech traits and crop protection. DowDuPont Agriculture is committed to delivering innovation, helping growers increase productivity and ensuring food security for a growing global population. DowDuPont intends to separate the Agriculture Division into an independent, publicly traded company. More information can be found at www.dow-dupont.com.

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Federal, state and local government officials along with DowDuPont Agriculture Division executives celebrated grand opening of the Bay Area Innovation Center. Left to right: Al Mendall, Member, Hayward City Council; Bill Quirk, Assembly Member, California State Legislature 20th Assembly District; Barbara Halliday, Mayor, City of Hayward; Neal Gutterson, Chief Technology Officer, DowDuPont Agriculture Division; Jim Collins, Chief Operating Officer, DowDuPont Agriculture Division; Mallory DeLauro, Constituent Services Manager for U.S. Congressman Eric Swalwell, 15th District of California; Rocky Fernandez, District Director for Senator Bob Wieckowski, 10th Senate District.


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