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DuPont Pioneer opens up innovation to third-party collaborators


Have a novel idea for CRISPR-Cas genome editing or an application for disease control? DuPont Pioneer invites third-party innovators to get in on the action and connect with the company’s scientists through their new website Open Innovation.

“DuPont Pioneer is building on its long history of collaboration to advance science-based customer solutions by enhancing its open innovation strategy,” said Neal Gutterson, vice president, Research and Development for DuPont Pioneer. “Through this broad-based approach, we make available our resources to collaborators and develop the most innovative technologies in agriculture, then apply our production scale and route to market to rapidly deploy novel solutions to farmers around the world.”

Open Innovation is focused on five strategic areas – trait discovery, plant breeding, enabling technologies, biologicals, and digital solutions. Currently there are three active grant opportunities posted on the Open Innovation web portal targeted to disease resistance; advancements in template-based CRISPR-Cas genome editing; and, big data cluster analysis.

Potential collaborators also are encouraged to submit ideas for consideration beyond the currently available grants. Terms for selected Open Innovation projects are tailored on a case-by-case basis in a discussion with DuPont Pioneer’s Open Innovation team.

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