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Nemgenix has R&D facilities in Australia and the UK.

Since 2007 the company has been based at the Western Australia State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (SABC) which is located on the Murdoch University research precinct in Perth, Western Australia (see www.sabc.murdoch.edu.au). This location affords Nemgenix the opportunity to work closely with other commercial and university affiliated research groups based at the SABC. In 2012 Murdoch University was Australia’s highest ranked university for research in the field of agricultural biotechnology and top ranked equally in crop and pasture research.

Nemgenix has recently established a European R&D laboratory at a newly established bioincubator facility located in Harpenden, north of London. The facility will provide access to the research expertise and assets of leading plant science research centres which are located in neighbouring buildings.

Nemgenix is currently working with several corporate partners to progress its RNAi-based nematode control traits with field trials anticipated in 2014. Nemgenix is constructing specially designed field trial plots where nematode populations can be manipulated and soil conditions modelled, to reflect field conditions in a range of key growing areas.

Resources

As a tenant of the SABC, the company has full access to state-of-the-art equipment for genomics, proteomics and metabolomics (including sequencers, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer, PCR equipment, microarray facilities, specialist equipment such as AB3730, Roche 454 and Ion Torrent sequencers, robotic workstations and new confocal scanning microscopes), full dicot and monocot plant tissue culture and transformation facilities (including the company’s own dedicated plant transformation rooms), together with extensive PC2 containment glasshouses and growth chambers.

Nemgenix also holds an extensive collection of different nematode cultures and aphid colonies for use in challenge experiments and for analysis.

With a laboratory at the Harpenden, UK bioincubator facility the company has opportunities to collaborate with leading research groups who are close at hand in the field of nematode and aphid control and has access to a range of resources and expertise including analytical chemistry; bio-imaging (with state-of-the-art microscopy instrumentation); controlled environment and glasshouse facilities; research archives comprising long term experimental data generated on crop research and field trials, and host interaction databases comprising expertly curated molecular and biological information on genes proven to affect the outcome of pathogen-host interactions.