Crop science giant Syngenta, which has a major presence in RTP, could make $400 million or more under a licensing deal with DuPont.

Syngenta said DuPont has licensed rights worldwide for a pest control product that targets corn rootworm and other pests. DuPont will use the product in its Pioneer Hi-Bred seeds.

The license agreement begins in January.

“This agreement is a further affirmation of Syngenta’s biotechnology capability,” said Davor Pisk, Syngenta Seeds’ chief operating officer. “The creation of value through trait outlicensing, as well as through the incorporation of leading proprietary technology in our own branded offer, will contribute to the growing profitability of our Seeds business.”

Syngenta, which is based in Switzerland, moved into a 100,000 square foot building in Keystone Office Park in RTP in 2008. The company also purchased 50 additional acres in RTP for future growth, leased the additional space.

Syngenta employs more than 400 people in the Park

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