KWS/2Blades ink TAL deal
The US charitable group, the Two Blades Foundation (2Blades – Evanston, Illinois), has granted a non-exclusive licence for its TAL (Transcription Activator Like) Code technology to German seed company KWS Saat (Einbeck) for commercial application in crops. It allows targeted gene activation or repression and genome modifications. 2Blades holds exclusive rights for the commercialisation of TAL Code technology, which was developed at Germany’s Martin Luther University (Halle). Similar licensing deals have been previously agreed with Bayer CropScience, Monsanto and Syngenta ( Agrow No 639, p25).