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DuPont Pioneer adds facility to Johnston campus

By Staff | Feb 26, 2015

JOHNSTON (DuPont) – Seed company DuPont Pioneer is expanding its campus in Johnston with a new $40 million facility for research and safety assessments.

Named after early DNA researcher Francis Crick, the Crick Research Center will house about 400 employees.

The facility consolidates and expands the DuPont Pioneer’s research and development goals, according to Iowa Business Director Bart Baudler.

“In the last five years, we’ve doubled our research and development to where currently we’re spending about a billion dollars a year, just in the ag platform, on research and development,” Baudler said. “So we’re taking a lot of groups that were housed in various buildings and bringing them together in the Crick facility, and then adding new employees as we expand that commitment to research and development.”

Research at the facility will focus in part on developing biotech products, which Baudler said is directly to the benefit of Iowan farmers.

“In the state of Iowa alone,” he said, “we’ve got over 1,300 GrowingPoint Agronomy trials where we take these new, innovative products and test them locally.

“So we know how they perform under local farmer conditions, so we can recommend the right product for the right acre for our Iowa customers.”

Food, feed and environmental safety assessments will also be a large sector of research conducted at the Crick Research Center.

Data generated from those assessments will be provided to regulatory agencies around the world that make decisions on market access for Pioneer products.\

The company estimates a time frame of four to five years to see between 120 to 150 regulatory studies being conducted.

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