BASF moving plant science HQ to RTP

Source: NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Just a quick post about a local news item here in North Carolina. The environment in Europe toward genetically-modified foods, and other issues, is resulting in BASF relocating their plant sciences division from Limburgerhof, Germany, to Research Triangle Park. BASF already employs about 200 people in RTP. David Bracken notes in his article that the move will reduce European headcount by 140, so the RTP site will effectively double its current presence. This central region of North Carolina is steady increasing its prominence in commercial plant biosciences with large companies such as Syngenta (RTP) and Novozymes (Franklinton) to small companies such as Biolex Therapeutics (Pittsboro) and GrassRoots Bio (Durham). In September, Canadian biotherapeutics manufacturer Medicago opened their RTP facility for tobacco-based production of vaccines. You might say that business is growing. Let's hope that jobs are as well.  

Author: David Kroll

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