Lonza/Pasteuria agree bionematicide manufacturing deal
Swiss chemical company Lonza (Basel) has signed an agreement with US biopesticide company Pasteuria Bioscience (Alachua, Florida) for a process transfer and manufacturing plan to produce Pasteuria spp bacterial spores in Lonza’s biochemical plant in Kouřim, Czech Republic. Manufacturing is expected to start later this year. Pasteuria spp are soil bacteria and act as a bionematicide. Head of Lonza Biological Manufacturing John McGrath says that the collaboration fits well with Lonza’s existing technology and manufacturing expertise. “Lonza offers significant fermentation expertise as well as the ability to scale-up manufacturing in order to meet the global need for Pasteuria spp bionematicides,” says Pasteuria Bioscience’s chief technical officer Kelly Smith. In June, Syngenta entered into an exclusive global technology partnership with Pasteuria to develop bionematicide products based on Pasteuria spp ( Agrow No 619, p 4).