Origin Agritech and China Agricultural University to Collaborate on Research of Molecular Design of Corn Using CRISPR


    BEIJING, Sept. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Origin Agritech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SEED) (the "Company" or "Origin"), an agriculture technology company, today announced that it has entered into collaboration agreement with China Agricultural University for the research of molecular design in corn.

    One of the key focuses of the collaboration is the use of CRISPR gene editing for creating innovative new corn crops. CRISPR has been called a revolution in plant breeding because it dramatically reduces the time and cost of producing new crops as compared to conventional GMO technologies. China Agricultural University has been working on CRISPR for many years and brings to the collaboration many highly developed skills and innovations.

    Origin established its corn CRISPR gene editing technology platform in 2017. Since then, Origin has been actively researching genetic advancements to improve both the yield and nutritional composition of its corn hybrids. It has already had multiple breakthroughs in the discovery of desirable genetics traits, such as traits to improve drought resistance, adjust stalk height, and increase desirable nutritional qualities (Zeaxanthin and Lysine).

    Commenting on the collaboration, Dr. Gengchen Han, Chairman and CEO, said, "This collaboration with China Agricultural University will enable Origin to accelerate its technological leadership in molecular design of corn and allow us to play a key role in China's drive to strengthen its agricultural industry through technological advancements."

    About Origin Agritech Limited

    Origin Agritech Limited, founded in 1997 and headquartered in Zhong-Guan-Cun (ZGC) Life Science Park in Beijing, is a leading Chinese agricultural technology company. In crop seed biotechnologies, Origin Agritech's phytase corn was the first transgenic corn to receive the Bio-Safety Certificate from China's Ministry of Agriculture. Over the years, Origin has established a robust biotechnology seed pipeline including products with glyphosate tolerance and pest resistance (Bt) traits. For further information, please visit the Company's website at: http://www.originseed.com.cn or http://www.originseed.com.cn/en/. The company also maintains a twitter account for updating investors on company and industry developments, which is @origin_agritech.

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    Joe Ramelli
    Phone: (310) 845-6238
    Email: joeramelli@originseed.com.cn

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