70 Approximate number of INCOTEC employees in the research and development group. “There are a lot of things happening within our company right now. One of the latest developments is the introduction of ThermoSeed, a disinfection method using hot humid air. We believe making seed clean is the future of the seed industry. I think it will be the standard that all seed will have to have this kind of treatment before it goes into market, as a preventative measure.”—JanWillem Breukink of INCOTEC
3.5 Number of years that Hughes Hybrids and Burrus Hybrids actually worked together before they announced a strategic alliance. “Over that three and a half years, we talked about the industry, the changes that were going on and how maybe if we worked together we could create synergisms that would make us more efficient, increase our buying power and, in many cases, make us able to bring better value to our customers.”—Tom Burrus of Burrus Hybrids
6 Number of Seedcare Institutes Syngenta has around the world. “We need specific access points for our people to interlink with our customers, train them and understand their needs. We call these application and support centers Seedcare Institutes and they are actually the after-sales service that we need in this business. There are two in Western Europe—one close to our headquarters in Switzerland and one in France—and one in the mid-west United States, Brazil, China and the Ukraine. But we definitely have plans to invest further.”—Christoph Goppelsroeder of Syngenta Seedcare
$2.7-2.8 billion Estimated worth of the global seed treatment market, according to Christoph Goppelsroeder of Syngenta Seedcare. He attributes the growth to two factors. “Seed values are increasing and with that the adoption of seed treatment is going in parallel. Also, with growing innovation in seed treatment, the value creation of seed treatment per hectare is going up. We see it mainly in developed countries, but more and more in emerging countries as well—higher levels of seed treatment are going into fields to secure higher yields. These two contribute quite heavily to the growth of seed treatment,” he says.
5 or 10 Number of years before Dave Armstrong of Sakata America thinks we’ll see genetically modified products in the market. “Of course they will only likely be introduced based on strong consumer demand—so maybe [if] a nutritional aspect [was introduced], or some other compelling trait that the average consumer would demand. That would probably then open up the acceptance for GMO vegetables. But near-term, I don’t think it’s going to advance very quickly,” he says.
70 Number of major corporate partnering and licensing deals that law firm Cooley LLP has completed in the past decade, with total deal value in excess of $26.5 billion. The firm has also closed more than 90 life sciences merger and acquisition deals and completed more than 200 life sciences public offerings. The firm was named Biotechnology Law Firm of the Year in the newly released 2011-12 U.S. News—Best Lawyers Best Law Firms ranking. “Our clients are a collection of ag biotech-based companies that produce new plant varieties and products—and so, in order for them to get the return on their huge investment in making these advances in the different products, it’s important for them to have some intellectual property protection.”—Erich Veitenheimer of Cooley LLP
76 Years that independent seed company Burrus Hybrids has been operating. “I’ve only been a part of the business for 40 of the 76 years, but I think the key to success is that quality lasts. We have worked very diligently at putting together the highest-quality product that we know how. So it’s quality commitment to our product and quality service.”—Tom Burrus of Burrus Hybrids