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New Valagro Research Center: an advanced hub for innovation in agriculture

Based in Abruzzo (Italy), at the Group Headquarters, the new research center will allow Valagro to enhance its exclusive technology platform GeaPower® to produce Biologicals for sustainable agriculture.

The facility was officially inaugurated yesterday with a presentation video projected during the online event for Valagro's 40th anniversary.

Atessa (Chieti, Italy), October 20th, 2020 - Valagro, a leading company in the research, development and commercialization of biostimulants and specialty nutrients for crops, has officially inaugurated its new Research Center at the virtual event “Creating the future. Since 1980, with which the company yesterday celebrated the Group's 40th anniversary together with employees, customers, authorities, and national and international opinion leaders. The announcement follows another important milestone announced last week, namely, the entry of Valagro Group into Syngenta Crop Protection.

3,600 square meters of useful floor area housing 12 laboratories, a growth room, conference rooms and classrooms, warehouses, and more than 1,000 square meters on the roof of the building devoted to greenhouses, equipped with advanced technologies and arranged in four spaces (Agronomy, Physiology, Pathology, Spray Area): these figures describe the futuristic facility that stands at the Group's headquarters, in the Abruzzo region, in Italy. In these environments, the teams of the Valagro Global Research Department will conduct research and experimentation in the chemical and formulation areas, microbiology, plant physiology, agronomy, and in the "omics" sciences, supported by computational and bioinformatics approaches, for the development of innovative solutions in the field of Biologicals including biostimulants, biofertilizers, and biocontrol products.

Prem Warrior, COO of Valagro:

“The new Research Center further strengthens Valagro's innovation efforts by providing a powerful impetus to GeaPower®, Valagro's proprietary technology platform for the design of innovative crop solutions. Researchers from different disciplines will work in a more collaborative, open environment to accelerate innovation, enabling a matrix-type project team environment while ensuring effective and timely execution of our pipeline projects. Furthermore, we expect that the Research Center will facilitate the creation of an innovation ecosystem with our external partners, enabling open innovation that has always characterised Valagro's research. This ambitious endeavour aligned with our belief in innovation has guided Valagro Group's entry into Syngenta Crop Protection; our mutual commitment to invest in research will help create the sustainable agriculture of the future."

Giuseppe Natale, CEO of Valagro:

“We are really proud to announce the opening of the new Valagro Research Center, and to do so on the occasion of a major milestone for our company, namely, that of our 40th  anniversary. We are pioneers in the biostimulant sector and our culture propels us into the future with the goal of helping create the agriculture of tomorrow. A goal that we have strengthened thanks to the entry into Syngenta Crop Protection, which provides the company with significant resources to increase its commitment to research and innovation. In this context, the Research Center will play a key role in enhancing innovation in Biologicals, improving thus the ability of Valagro and Syngenta to meet the needs of worldwide farmers to achieve higher yields and grow better quality crops, in a more sustainable way."