August 13, 2009
Texas Tech University System Office of Technology Commercialization and Bayer CropScience have signed an exclusive licensing agreement to utilize a new cotton technology from the university’s International Center for Excellence in Agricultural Genomics and Biotechnology.
When fully developed and introgressed into commercial cotton seed lines, the technology is expected to have a significant positive impact on fiber properties. Further details of the agreement were not disclosed.
“The technology has shown a lot of promise to improve fiber properties significantly during the experimental stage,” said Thea Wilkins, Bayer CropScience Regents Professor and director of the center. “We’re excited about partnering with Bayer CropScience to bring this technology to the marketplace.”
Bayer and the Texas Tech University Board of Regents created the $500,000 Bayer CropScience Endowed Professorship in 2005 to expand genetic-enhancement research for major crops with an emphasis on cotton
Mike Gilbert, cotton general manager, Bayer CropScience, said he welcomes the expanded relationship with Texas Tech.
“We have long enjoyed a close relationship with Texas Tech, and this new technology represents an important contribution to our efforts to deliver innovations in cotton.”