Advanta/Chromatin agree sorghum deal
US biotechnology company Chromatin (Chicago, Illinois) and United Phosphorus’ seed business, Advanta (Hyderabad), have agreed a licensing deal covering access to Advanta’s proprietary sorghum germplasm. Chromatin will have a non-exclusive, royalty-bearing licence to germplasm owned by Advanta. Financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. The deal is an important step in Chromatin’s aim to advance sorghum’s unique ability to provide a sustainable source of sugar, starch and lignocellulose, says Chromatin’s chief executive officer, Daphne Preuss. Advanta also has a sorghum licensing deal with DuPont ( Agrow No 611, p 32).