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Agrimarketing : May 2008 Supplement
14 AgriMarketing ¦ May 2008 Monsanto recently released the following update on its traits pipeline. Phase I Phase II Phase III Phase IV ¦ Yield Gard Rootworm III ¦ Higher-yielding corn (5) ¦ SmartStax corn ¦ YieldGard VT PRO ¦ Nitrogen utilization corn (5) ¦ Second generation drought- ¦ Drought-tolerant corn (5) ¦ Extrax corn processing ¦ High-oil corn tolerant corn (5) system (4) + Mavera high-value corn with lysine ¦ Drought-tolerant cotton (5) ¦ Bollgard III ¦ Dicamba + glufosinate- tolerant cotton ¦ Cotton lygus control ¦ Soybean nematode ¦ Higher-yielding soybeans (5) ¦ Omega-3 soybeans ¦ Roundup Ready 2 Yield resistance ¦ Higher -yielding + Roundup ¦ High-oil soybeans soybeans ¦ Second-generation higher Ready 2 Yield canola (5) ¦ Dicamba-tolerant soybeans ¦ Improved-protein yielding soybeans (5) ¦ Insect-protected + Roundup soybeans ¦ Soybean disease resistance Ready 2 Yield soybeans ¦ Second-generation high-oil ¦ Vistive III soybeans soybeans ¦ High-stearate soybeans Proof of Concept Early Product Development Advanced Development Prelaunch Key activities: Key activities: Key activities: Key activities: • Gene optimization • Large-scale transformation • Trait integration • Regulatory submission • Crop transformation • Trait development • Expanded field testing • Seed bulk-up • Field testing • Pre-regulatory data • Regulatory data generation • Pre-marketing Average duration (2) Average duration (2) Average duration (2) Average duration (2) 12 to 24 months 12 to 24 months 12 to 36 months Average probability Average probability Average probability Average probability of success (3) of success (3) of success (3) of success (3) 25 percent 50 percent 75 percent 90 percent Key ¦ Crops with agronomic benefits ¦ Crops with value-added benefits Footnotes to the product pipeline (1) Pipeline candidates include research platforms in the discovery phase and specific product projects in phases one through four with a higher-than average probability of success or market potential. The assessment is based on available information and technical progress to date. (2) Time estimates are based on our experience; they can overlap. Total development time for any particular product may be shorter or longer than the time estimated here. (3) This is the estimated average probability that the traits will ulti- mately become commercial products, based on our experience. This figure applies to all product candidates in each phase, not just the candidates listed here. These probabilities may change over time. (4) This product candidate is in the Renessen pipeline. Renessen is a Monsanto/Cargill joint venture. (5) This project is part of Monsanto’s collaboration with BASF focused on yield and stress research. In its “2008 R&D Pipeline At A Glance” brochure, Monsanto describes the process and goals of its discovery research: Our research and development process for traits begins in our discovery engine. This work helps our researchers uncover the next frontier of plant improvements and technologies for our farmer customers. This research ensures that new product concepts are constantly feeding our crop portfolio. As projects graduate from our discovery engine, they are characterized by the benefits they ultimately can deliver to the farm, including agronomic and value-added benefits. Our primary discovery areas include: • Grain yield • Disease resistance • Grain quality • Lipid enhancements (increased oil, improved • Environmental stress tolerance fatty-acid composition) • Pest control • Protein enhancements • Herbicide tolerance • Bioactive compounds DISCOVERY RESEARCH 2008 NAMA MARKETER OF THE YEAR /R&D Pipeline