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Valent BioSciences

Sumitomo Chemicals' US-based biopesticide and biorational products subsidiary, Valent BioSciences (Libertyville, Illinois), has appointed Karen Richards as plant manager for its new production facility in Osage, Iowa. Ms Richards previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry. The $150 million plant is scheduled to come on stream in autumn 2014. Work began in March 2012 and it was due to start operating in spring 2014 (Agrow No 661, p 3).


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