12 December 2023, Canada: MustGrow Biologics Corp. has announced the signing of a collaboration agreement with Bayer AG covering soil applications of MustGrow’s mustard-based biocontrol technologies in Europe, Middle East and Africa, excluding home and garden, turf and ornamental applications.
Under the terms of the Agreement, MustGrow will receive an initial upfront payment as well as additional payments linked to the achievement of certain business milestones. Upon the commencement of commercial sales, MustGrow will also be entitled to fees from royalties and manufacturing sales. Additionally, Bayer will be responsible for regulatory and market development work (the “Development Work“) in the respective field of use necessary to commercialize MustGrow’s mustard-based biocontrol technologies, including the development of the formulated product, conducting relevant regulatory data studies for regulatory submissions, filing regulatory submissions, registration with relevant regulatory authorities, and support, marketing, and commercial sales activities. MustGrow anticipates that the value of the upfront, milestone payments and Development Work could approximate USD $35 to $40 million over the next several years (not including additional fees from royalties and manufacturing sales).
“Biologicals are part of an exciting frontier that offers new solutions for the challenges that growers face across the world,” said Benoit Hartmann, Head of Biologics for Bayer. “We’re committed to working with leading innovators like MustGrow to accelerate the development of innovative biological solutions that provide safe, sustainable options for farmers and are looking forward to continuing our work together.”
Pursuant to the Agreement, Bayer has also been granted a right-of-first-negotiation for a license to use MustGrow’s mustard-based biocontrol technologies for use in bananas in particular applications, excluding postharvest applications. MustGrow expects to continue collaborating with Bayer to consider other potential applications of MustGrow’s mustard-based biocontrol technologies, including potentially testing in regions not currently covered by the Agreement.
Sustainable innovations and green technologies are necessary to ensure agricultural production continues to address food safety and security as well as soil health. MustGrow’s rapidly developing technologies are focused on sustainable, safe, and effective, organic plant-based crop protection technologies that harness the mustard seed’s natural defense mechanism to treat diseases, pests and weeds. MustGrow’s technology has shown consistent efficacy in multiple global regions, in multiple crops, in multiple applications, over multiple years. The Agreement between Bayer and MustGrow demonstrates the importance of innovation in sustainable technologies in agricultural regions around the world.
“MustGrow is thrilled to commercialize our technologies with Bayer in three important food producing regions. Through Bayer’s research, development and commercial teams we have seen a rapid advancement in our product and market knowledge in the last two years,” remarked Corey Giasson, CEO of MustGrow. “Working with the leader in global crop science and sustainable agriculture is a tremendous opportunity for our organization to see our mustard plant-based technologies commercialized globally.”
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