MBI, New Zealand research institute team up

By From page A11 | February 02, 2014

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. and The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited have announced the signing of a collaborative research agreement.

It covers a number of novel bio-active organisms and natural products that the institute will provide to the Davis-based biotech firm for the expected development of biopesticides and plant health products. MBI products are aimed at conventional and organic agricultural uses, turf and ornamental, home and garden, and forestry uses.

Alison Stewart, MBI’s chief science officer and professor emeritus with Lincoln University in New Zealand, sees great potential in the agreement.

“Having been involved in the New Zealand biopesticide industry for 25 years, I am very familiar with the potential of the institute’s library of bio-actives,” she said in a news release. “Now, I am optimistic that MBI’s expertise and technology can drive these actives toward successful commercialization.”

According to Dr. Gavin Ross, General Manager Business Development with Plant & Food Research, the agreement with MBI fits the strategy of his organization in ensuring innovation is advanced to market. “We have extensive experience in the discovery of new bio-active compounds, but we don’t possess the capabilities at industrial scale for formulation, production and commercialization.

“In partnering with a company with an international reach, such as MBI, we can ensure that our scientific knowledge is translated into products that can be used by growers worldwide,” said Gavin Ross, general manager for business development with the institute. “This agreement allows our respective organizations to concentrate on their areas of expertise to realize the best possible outcomes.”

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