Crick Research CenterDuPont Pioneer recently opened the Crick Research Center on its Johnston campus. The new 180,000 square foot state-of-the-art research facility will be home to more than 400 employees and includes 84,000 sq. ft. of laboratory space.

Housing two Research departments: Analytical and Genomics Technologies (AGT) and Global Regulatory Science (GRS), DuPont Pioneer President Paul Schickler says this investment reinforces the company’s commitment to increasing agricultural productivity and food security worldwide.

“The work conducted right here will go on to improve the lives of people around the world for generations to come,” Schickler said.  “And I am proud to say that we are in good company here in Iowa in a shared responsibility in addressing this great challenge.”

Scientists within AGT work in close collaboration with trait discovery, germplasm improvement and product development scientists, enabling the rapid and cost effective delivery of new products to farmers through the application of advanced technology. Global Regulatory scientists conduct the comprehensive characterization and food, feed and environmental safety assessments for regulated biotech events in Pioneer products. These assessments enable timely regulatory approvals worldwide for product sale, crop cultivation and grain importation.

The new facility is named after Nobel Prize winning theoretical biologist Francis Crick and is connected to the Franklin research facility, which opened in 2012, but recently was renamed after English chemist Rasalind Franklin. Together, the work of Crick and Franklin led to the identification of the structure of DNA, the double-helix model.