Syngenta launches new online portal to facilitate collaboration for development of new, sustainable solutions in agriculture; company says open innovation is important part of its R&D strategy

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina , October 27, 2011 (press release) – * Syngenta Thoughtseeders™ launched to maximize innovation potential for global agricultural solutions
* New online portal will facilitate collaboration process
* Syngenta open to ideas that will help develop value-added, integrated solutions for growers

Syngenta has launched a new online portal, SyngentaThoughtseeders.com, to stimulate and accelerate collaborations with external parties for the development of new, integrated solutions in agriculture. The platform will support Syngenta’s commitment to develop new and sustainable solutions for growers across all geographies facing crop productivity and environmental challenges.

The website has been created to bring together fresh ideas and concepts, and novel technologies from around the world. By collaborating with a host of contributors, academics, creative individuals, research institutes and innovative partners, Syngenta aims to combine genetics, chemistry and other cutting-edge technologies. SyngentaThoughtseeders.com will serve as a central destination where visitors may submit ideas for novel technologies as well as offer solutions and lend their expertise to the global food security challenge.

“Open innovation has always been an important part of our R&D strategy. We believe the future relies on maximizing the use of new technologies and combining these technologies to discover and develop innovative value-added products for agriculture,” said Sandro Aruffo, Syngenta Head of Research and Development. “External collaboration is one of the key ways we will deliver crop-focused solutions to our customers.”

Syngenta, which invests $1 billion in R&D annually, is particularly interested in discovering grower solutions comprising genetics, chemistry or novel technologies in the areas of weed control, disease control, insect control, nematode control, environmental stress tolerance, breakthrough yield and crop output quality. The company is interested in collaborating, licensing or purchasing new technologies to discover and develop new products for agriculture.

With more than 400 active R&D partnerships, Syngenta has successfully built alliances with technology leaders across multiple industries. The emphasis on open innovation and the introduction of its new online portal will help Syngenta strengthen its R&D pipeline by building on its collaboration experiences and establishing itself as the partner of choice for solutions providers worldwide.

Individuals and organizations interested in partnering with Syngenta can learn more at http://www.syngentathoughtseeders.com/.

Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 26,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers, we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment, and improve health and quality of life. For more information about us, please go to www.syngenta.com.

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