Pairwise Plants’s $100 Million Partnerhsip agreement with Monsanto Company


Smith Anderson advised Pairwise Plants on the transaction

Pairwise Plants has partnered with Monsanto Company, a publicly traded U.S.-headquartered multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation, to advance agriculture research by leveraging gene editing technology. This strategic alliance is anticipated to bring long overdue solutions to help farmers produce healthier harvests and better conserve natural resources.

Under the parties’ collaboration and licensing agreement, Monsanto will contribute $100 million to access and develop Pairwise intellectual property in row crop applications. The deal also includes an option to commercialize any products resulting from the research collaboration.

Pairwise Plants offers agricultural gene editing services. The company works on corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and canola crops. Pairwise Plants is based in San Diego, California.

Smith Anderson advised with a team including Jason Brege (Picture), Michael Saber and John Therien.

Involved fees earner: Jason Brege – Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jerni; John Therien – Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jerni; Michael Saber – Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jerni; Jason Brege – Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jerni; Michael Saber – Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jerni; John Therien – Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jerni;

Law Firms: Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jerni; Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jerni;

Clients: Pairwise Plants; Pairwise Plants;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti