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Dirk Benson

Head, Seeds Product Development, ad interim, Syngenta

Dirk is currently Head, Seeds Product Development, ad interim, for corn in Syngenta R&D. He has had numerous positions in a number of companies in the seed industry including sales management, international marketing, corn breeder, breeding management and development manager for biotech projects. He joined Syngenta as a Project Leader in 1996. He holds BS and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University.

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Posted On: Wednesday, 4/30/2014 11:04 pm
A: Many small companies and universities can and do create GMOs. The process to create GMOs is well understood and straightforward. However, few have developed commercial GMOs. The challenge is that the expense and expertise necessary for global regulatory approval can be prohibitive (published papers estimate costs to develop and secure regulatory approval for a GMO to be approximately $150 million and up). A large portion of costs is devoted to the safety and environmental studies that are... Continue Reading
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