Dow/BioDuro agchem discovery deal
Dow AgroSciences has entered into an agrochemical research agreement with US contract research company PPD’s Chinese business, BioDuro (Beijing). The three-year deal is aimed at generating and testing novel fungicides, insecticides and herbicides for a range of crops. It will combine BioDuro’s expertise in medicinal chemistry and biochemistry with Dow’s agrochemical capabilities, the companies point out. “This collaboration demonstrates BioDuro’s commitment and flexibility in delivering discovery research services beyond the pharmaceutical industry,” says PPD’s vice-president for global laboratory services, Dr Lee Babiss.