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About Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. (SBI)

SBI Founder and Distinguished Scientist: Mary-Dell Chilton

Mary Dell ChiltonDr. Mary-Dell Chilton, a Distinguished Science Fellow at SBI, began her corporate career in 1983 with CIBA-Geigy Corporation (a legacy company of Syngenta). Her tenure has spanned both research and administrative roles, including Vice President of Agricultural Biotechnology at SBI. Her current research...
Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 25,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life. Further information is available at www.syngenta.com.

Innovation is the lifeblood of Syngenta, and delivering innovation is the focus of scientists at Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. (SBI) in Research Triangle Park, NC. SBI researchers use a combination of science and cutting-edge technology to develop innovative solutions that help meet the world’s changing needs for food, feed, fuel and fiber.

Today, crop biotechnology developed at SBI is delivering on the promise of better food and a better environment. Tomorrow, our scientific leadership will create novel solutions to continue meeting the needs of agriculture and mankind.

SBI Facts and Figures:

  • CIBA-Geigy (a legacy company of Syngenta) opened the doors of its Agricultural Biotechnology Research Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C. in 1984. Since then, the facility has grown and developed, including expansion of the labs and greenhouses in 2000, and the addition of the Mary-Dell Chilton Center in 2002.

  • SBI researchers come from some of the most prestigious agricultural universities in the world and have significant academic, industrial or government experience. They bring a breadth of experience in plant genetics, molecular biology and cell biology.

  • The scientific leadership and breadth of capabilities at SBI are focused on key research areas, including molecular biology, biochemistry, plant transformation, plant analysis, regulatory science, enzyme science and applied genomics.

  • SBI biotech trait research is focused on insect resistance, herbicide resistance, nitrogen utilization, yield, drought tolerance and biofuels.

  • SBI native trait research is leading the field in molecular marker discovery and vegetable quality traits.