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BASF Corporation. (3/22/17). "Press Release: BASF Licenses CRISPR-Cas9 Genome-editing Technology from the Broad Institute". Research Triangle Park, NC.

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Organisations Organisation BASF Corporation
  Group BASF (Group)
  Organisation 2 Broad Institute (MIT / Harvard)
  Group MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Products Product CRISPR gene editing technology
Index term Index term BASF–MIT: CRISPR technology, 201703– license ww for agricultural + industrial microbiology applications from Broad Institute
Persons Person Eckes, Peter (BASF 201201 President of BASF Plant Science)
  Person 2 Rozen, Issi (Alphabet 202108 Venture Partner at GV before MIT 201703 CBO at Broad Institute)

> Global licensing agreement to provide improved products in agricultural and industrial applications

> Genome editing seen as the next revolution in biotechnology

BASF today announced that it has reached a global licensing agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for the use of CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology to improve products in agricultural and industrial microbiology applications.

The technology advances genome editing because it has the potential to be a simpler and more precise tool for making targeted changes to a cell's DNA. For BASF, it offers many benefits for advancing and delivering improved agricultural and industrial products faster and less expensively than other genome-editing methods.

'The CRISPR-Cas9 technology is a game changer within the field of genome editing,' said Peter Eckes, President of BASF Bioscience Research. 'We are eager to see the new ways it will augment our research and improve multiple products for agriculture as well as numerous industrial applications.'

'This technology represents a transformative application of genome editing for the research community,' said Issi Rozen, chief business officer of the Broad Institute. 'CRISPR-Cas9 can directly benefit advanced research across many industries including human health and agriculture. We are proud to partner with stakeholders throughout the biomedical and agriculture community to help deliver responsible solutions for our planet.'

About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $16.2 billion in 2016. For more information about BASF's North American operations, visit

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at

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