Dow AgroSciences, Synthace Research Collaboration to Accelerate Product Development Using High Tech Tools

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Synthace and Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), today announce they have entered into a research collaboration to optimize technology by accelerating development of fermentation-based production of crop protection products.
The collaboration includes a multi-seat enterprise license giving Dow AgroSciences
access to Synthace’s Antha software tools. As part of the agreement, Synthace’s
advanced tools and software will be used to support development of superior microbial
production strains at Dow AgroSciences. This collaboration brings together expertise in
natural products from both companies to enable new approaches for accelerated
product development.
This collaboration supports the ability of Dow AgroSciences to use the power of nature
in conjunction with fermentation technology, to produce and develop solutions for
farmers. These types of products prevent pest infestation and control disease to
increase crop yields. Applying automated strain engineering enables quicker
development of new microbial production hosts in the lab which can expedite
development of fermentation processes for new products. Farmers win as new solutionscan be brought to market more quickly. Dr. Tim Fell, Chief Executive Officer of
Synthace, commented, “Antha is a platform that links research, development and
biomanufacturing. We look forward to employing it with Dow AgroSciences to optimize
tools and processes that enable them to continue to boost bottom-line performance.”
“It is important for Dow AgroSciences to bring new products to farmers faster and this
collaboration on strain engineering will accelerate our ability to create novel microbial
production strains,” said Dr. Nigel J. Mouncey, Bioengineering and Bioprocessing R&D
Director, Dow AgroSciences. “Working with Synthace gives us the ability to achieve our
goals more quickly in an expanded and automated manner via their innovative

About Synthace

Synthace engineers biology for applications across health, food, energy and
manufacturing. Combining computation, biology and automation the company rapidly
develops robust, high yielding bioprocesses to make bio-based products with strategic
partners. Central to Synthace’s technology is Antha, a platform that brings quality by
design and design for manufacturing to biological research and development. Learn
more at and
About Dow AgroSciences
Dow AgroSciences discovers, develops, and brings to market crop protection and plant
biotechnology solutions for the growing world. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA,
Dow AgroSciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company and
had annual global sales of $7.3 billion in 2014. Learn more at

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