Bayer, a leading agricultural biotech company, has announced a new collaboration with Oerth Bio to develop the next generation of sustainable crop protection products. The partnership aims to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture by using Oerth Bio’s unique protein degradation technology, which has the potential to generate products with lower application rates and favorable safety profiles.
Oerth Bio was founded in 2019 by Bayer’s impact investment arm, Leaps by Bayer, and Arvinas, a clinical-stage biotechnology company that specializes in targeted protein degradation therapeutics. The company’s patented PROTAC® technology is an innovative pathway to entirely novel crop protection and climate-resilient farm solutions.
“The world’s farmers need dependable and sustainable solutions to crop protection challenges, and PROTAC protein degradation technologies show an increasingly promising path towards a new way to develop tailored technologies,” said Dr. Robert Reiter, Head of R&D at Bayer’s Crop Science Division. “We expect protein degradation technology, already used in medicine, to be an important cornerstone for the development of new crop protection products that reduce the impact on the environment significantly. Oerth Bio’s work has proven to be promising, and we are looking forward to what the next phase of our work together will bring.”
Oerth Bio’s targeted protein degraders offer the capacity for high-precision product development, low application rates, and paths to overcome biological resistance. The company is simultaneously developing several novel agricultural applications in nascent crop efficiency and plant resilience segments, to ensure PROTAC® technology can be utilized to its full potential and provide maximum utility to farmers and the greater food system.
“This collaboration further emboldens our ambitions for first-in-the-world farm centric protein degrader solutions,” said John Dombrosky, Oerth Bio CEO. “It’s a real tribute to Bayer’s leadership and vision, as they significantly invest in breakthroughs that could change farming and the world for the better.”
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