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UPL opens OpenAg Center as global R&D hub

UPL Ltd. announced the opening of a state of the art R&D hub in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA. The OpenAg Center, will enable UPL to leverage its advanced R&D capabilities in partnership with other innovation based companies to characterize, develop and commercialize new sustainable agriculture solutions. The OpenAg Center is an important step in creating a global agriculture network that feeds sustainable growth for all.

“Our food production systems need a shakeup. Agriculture is in dire need of transformation, and today’s painfully slow rate of technology innovation and on-farm deployment simply can’t continue. Our OpenAg Purpose is tearing down limits and borders to create partnerships that will transform agriculture by delivering broad value across the entire food production network.”

Adrian Percy, chief technology officer of UPL

The OpenAg Center consists of stunning, high-tech laboratories and a newly recruited team of seasoned, sought-after scientists able to quickly validate a wide range of technologies— from the latest array of biologically-inspired approaches to new chemistry-based innovations.

“Combining the agility and innovation of startups with the flexible partnership model, scientific, R&D, IP, field development and registration expertise of UPL, the OpenAg Center will fuel a faster, more efficient process of getting technologies tested, approved and out in the field.”

Mark Singleton, head of new technologies for UPL

OpenAg Center Highlights:

  • The space is comprised of climate-controlled research glasshouses as well as dedicated space for Formulation, Analytical Chemistry and Biochemistry laboratories to support Application, Delivery, Characterization, Mode of Action and Resistance research.
  • Innovation spans across all indications including fungicides, insecticides, herbicides and crop establishment.
  • Located in Research Triangle Park, one of the fastest growing and diverse tech hubs in the United States with a vibrant education eco-system.

About UPL

UPL Ltd. is a global provider of sustainable agriculture products & solutions, with annual revenue exceeding $5 billion. As one of the top 5 agriculture solutions companies worldwide, its robust portfolio consists of biologicals and traditional crop protection solutions with more than 13,600 registrations. For more information, please visit