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Next Chapter For Biological Development at Bayer

Last week, Bayer announced it will successfully close the joint venture created between Leaps by Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks in 2017. And moving forward, Ginkgo Bioworks will become a multi-year microbial strategic partner with Bayer. This will focus on biological solutions in nitrogen optimization, carbon sequestration, next generation crop protection, and more.

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No-Till Farmer

Bayer Spins Off Biologicals Production to Ginkgo Bioworks

Ginkgo Bioworks, a horizontal platform for cell programming, has announced plans to expand its agricultural biologicals capabilities from discovery to field.

These capabilities will be built through a series of transactions, in which Ginkgo will acquire Bayer's 175,000-square-foot West Sacramento Biologics Research and Development site, team, and internal discovery and lead optimization platform as well as integrate the research and development platform assets from Joyn Bio, a joint venture between Ginkgo and Leaps by Bayer, the company's venture capital arm, formed in 2017.

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Seeking Alpha

Ginkgo in pact with Bayer to expand platform expertise in agricultural biologicals

  • The shares of Ginkgo Bioworks (NYSE:DNA) are trading higher in the premarket Friday after the cell programming company announced a partnership with German conglomerate Bayer (OTCPK:BAYZF) (OTCPK:BAYRY) to expand its horizontal platform capabilities in agricultural biologicals. The transaction expected to close before the end of 2022 is designed to “support agricultural biologicals R&D from discovery through formulation and early field trials and will offer services to customers of all sizes in the agriculture industry,” Ginkgo (DNA) said.
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Successful Farming

BAYER BOOSTS BIOLOGICAL POSITION THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH GINKGO BIOWORKS

Bayer is stepping up its game in the agricultural biological space. The firm announced that it is:

  • Pursuing an agreement whereby Ginkgo Bioworks will acquire Bayer’s West Sacramento Biologics Research & Development (R&D) site and internal discovery and lead optimization platform. The contemplated transaction, projected to close before the end of 2022 pending final negotiation of the agreement terms and subject to regulatory approvals, will bring Joyn Bio’s nitrogen-fixing technologies to Bayer.
  • Closing the joint venture created between Leaps by Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks in 2017.
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Bloomberg

Bayer Strikes Deal With Ginkgo to Develop Sustainable Fertilizers

Bayer AG and biotech company Ginkgo Bioworks Holdings Inc. will partner to develop products like more environmentally-friendly nitrogen fertilizer and weedkillers. To do that, they’ll collaborate on advancing the use of microbes in agriculture.

The move comes as agribusinesses like Bayer try to find alternatives to chemical pesticides and man-made fertilizers, with farmers increasingly under pressure to switch to more sustainable practices. Fertilizer runoff from farms can enter rivers and streams and hurt water quality. At the same time, pests and diseases are becoming more resistant to current synthetic chemicals.

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Bayer

Bayer to create Ag Biologicals Powerhouse Partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks, Advancing Joyn Bio Technology Platforms

Bayer today announced that the company is pursuing an agreement whereby Ginkgo Bioworks will acquire Bayer’s West Sacramento Biologics Research & Development (R&D) site and internal discovery and lead optimization platform. The contemplated transaction, projected to close before the end of 2022 pending final negotiation of the agreement terms and subject to regulatory approvals, would also bring Joyn Bio’s nitrogen-fixing technologies to Bayer, successfully closing the joint venture created between Leaps by Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks in 2017. Ginkgo Bioworks will become a multi-year microbial strategic partner with Bayer in their work to develop biological solutions in fields like nitrogen optimization, carbon sequestration, and next generation crop protection.

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Ginkgo Bioworks to Expand Platform Capabilities in Agricultural Biologicals and Launch Flagship Partnership with Bayer

Ginkgo Bioworks (NYSE: DNA), the leading horizontal platform for cell programming, today announced plans to significantly expand its platform capabilities in agricultural biologicals, from discovery to field. These capabilities will be built through a series of transactions, in which Ginkgo will acquire Bayer's 175,000-square-foot West Sacramento Biologics Research & Development site, team, and internal discovery and lead optimization platform as well as integrate the R&D platform assets from Joyn Bio, a joint-venture between Ginkgo and Leaps by Bayer formed in 2017. Bayer will be the anchor agricultural customer of Ginkgo's expanded platform, entering into a significant new multi-year collaboration which will focus on the advancement of Joyn's marquee nitrogen fixation program, as well as new programs in areas such as crop protection and carbon sequestration.

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AgNews

Crop plants of the future will fix nitrogen using synthetic biology

In 2018 we used an estimated 117 million tons of nitrogen in the form of fertilizers. The main source of this fertilizer is the Haber process, an industrial chemical reaction that takes place under high pressure and temperature, and requires the consumption of natural gas. Given that 78% of atmospheric air is molecular nitrogen, this seems like a terrible misuse of resources. The problem is that plants cannot use nitrogen directly from the atmosphere, but extract it from the soil in the form of nitrates or ammonia.

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Forbes

5 Innovations Changing the Future of Food

Microbes play a crucial role in farming—good bacteria can help plant growth, while bad fungi can decimate crops. Some companies are engineering microbes to both protect plants and enhance growth. “We’re really at a renaissance time for microbial products,” said Brynne Stanton, co-founder of Joyn Bio, at a panel about microbes at the summit.

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Chemical & Engineering News

Ginkgo, Bayer venture taps NewLeaf for plant microbes

Joyn Bio, a joint venture of Ginkgo Bioworks and agriculture giant Bayer, has brought on another partner in its quest to develop microbes that fix nitrogen for crops. It has turned to NewLeaf Symbiotics for its database of pink, methanol-munching, plant-colonizing organisms.

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Xconomy

Joyn Bio Reaches Deal to Tap Into NewLeaf’s Plant Microbe Library

Joyn Bio, a biotech company developing microbes engineered for agricultural applications, is adding microbes from NewLeaf Symbiotics to its toolbox in an effort to get to market faster and expand the scope of its research.

The partnership announced Monday gives Joyn access to NewLeaf’s library of plant-colonizing microbes. Joyn, which is based in Boston and also has operations in Woodland, CA, will engineer these microbes to make disease and pest control products intended to help farmers reduce their reliance on crop chemicals. In the nearer term, the deal is expected to bolster Joyn’s research and development of nitrogen-fixing microbes. The companies estimate the alliance could reduce the time to market for these new microbes by two to three years.

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Medium

The Uncertain Future of Food

For the 55% of humans who live in cities, it can be easy to forget just how much of our planet is dedicated to agriculture. More than one-third of all the land on Earth is used to raise the food we eat, and of that, an area nearly the size of Australia is dedicated to growing cereal crops alone. As a species, we are nearly completely dependent on plants for our survival, which are in turn at the mercy of their environment — too much rain, too little sun, too many insects, or the arrival of a new virus can wipe out an entire harvest.

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Chemical & Engineering News

The newest food trend is in the ground

Farmers in the US Midwest, faced with a wet spring, saw their to-do lists lengthen and their time to get everything done shorten. The first week of May should have been the height of planting season. But at that point in Indiana, just a tiny fraction of farm fields had been planted.

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AgWired

Joyn Bio Joins Bayer Facility and Adds Reiter to Board

Ag-biotech company Joyn Bio has signed a long-term lease to locate its plant sciences team within Bayer’s Vegetable Seed Facility in Woodland, California to accelerate ongoing research. In addition, the company has appointed Bayer Head of Research and Development for Crop Science, Dr. Robert Reiter, to its board of directors.

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Sacramento Business Journal

Joyn Bio lands research lab space at Bayer campus near Woodland

The well-funded ag-tech startup Joyn Bio is expanding into research lab and office space owned by Bayer Group near Woodland.

At the end of June, Boston-based Joyn will move into 12,500 square feet of lab, office and greenhouse space on Bayer’s former Monsanto seeds research lab near Woodland, allowing Joyn’s West Coast team to expand.

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Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks unveil joint venture, Joyn Bio, and establish operations in Boston and West Sacramento

Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks join forces for sustainable agriculture, forming new company with USD 100 million Series A

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