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Origin Agritech Announces Breakthrough in High-Yield Corn Production Through Gene Editing

Inbred Line Yield Increased Over 50% in Trials

BEIJING, March 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Origin Agritech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SEED) (the “Company” or “Origin”), a leading Chinese agricultural technology company, today announced a major breakthrough in corn production technology. Building on the Company’s track record of innovation, Origin Agritech has developed a high-yield corn inbred line that significantly surpasses the productivity of traditional corn. This groundbreaking advancement was achieved through precise gene editing techniques, marking a significant milestone in the company’s commitment to sustainable and efficient agriculture.

Over the course of two years of rigorous multilocational field trials, the new gene-edited corn inbred line demonstrated a yield increase of over 50% compared to the original line. This leap in productivity has the potential to addressing global food security challenges through cutting-edge agricultural technologies.

Dr. Gengchen Han, Chairman and CEO of Origin Agritech, stated, “The significant increase in yield potential heralds a new era in corn production, offering a sustainable solution to meet the growing global demand for food. We believe that our gene-edited high-yield corn will play a crucial role in enhancing food security and sustainability worldwide.”

The Company plans to fully integrate this trait into its elite commercial corn line by the end of 2024. This integration is expected to greatly enhance seed yield and significantly reduce the cost of hybrid seed production. In addition, Origin will conduct field demonstrations and seed production trials in the summer of 2024. These events will showcase the technology’s performance and its potential impact on the agriculture industry.

About Origin Agritech Limited

Origin Agritech Limited, founded in 1997 and headquartered in Zhong-Guan-Cun (ZGC) Life Science Park in Beijing, is a leading Chinese agricultural technology company. In crop seed biotechnologies, Origin Agritech’s phytase corn was the first transgenic corn to receive the Bio-Safety Certificate from China’s Ministry of Agriculture. Over the years, Origin has established a robust biotechnology seed pipeline, including products with glyphosate tolerance and pest resistance (Bt) traits. For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.originagritech.com. The Company also maintains a Twitter account for updating investors on Company and industry developments which is https://x.com/origin_agritech.

Forward-Looking Statements

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For more information, please contact:
Origin Agritech Limited Contact:
Kate Lang (Mandarin/English)
Director of Investor Relations
Phone: +86 186-1839-3368
Email: bing.lang@originseed.com.cn

Investor Relations Contact:
Matthew Abenante, IRC
President
Strategic Investor Relations, LLC
Tel: 347-947-2093
Email: matthew@strategic-ir.com

 

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