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Certis USA Completes Strategic Re-alignment Divests Teknar Biological Insecticide to Valent Biosciences

Release Date : March 12, 2003

Certis USA Completes Strategic Re-alignment Divests Teknar Biological Insecticide to Valent Biosciences

COLUMBIA, MD, MARCH 12, 2003 – Certis U.S.A. L.L.C., a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., completes a strategic re-alignment of its pesticide business allowing it to more effectively meet the demand for its IPM-related product line for the specialty agriculture market. As a part of the re-alignment, Certis USA announces the divestiture of its public health biological larvacide, Teknar®, a mosquito and black fly control product used in the public health industry, to Valent BioSciences, Libertyville, IL.

Under the agreement to sell its Teknar brand products to Valent BioSciences, Certis USA transfers its Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis strains, patents, trademarks, registrations, manufacturing process, R&D programs and customer contracts. In addition, Certis USA grants Valent BioSciences exclusive worldwide rights to market to forestry markets its Thuricide® biological insecticide, which controls Lepidopteran (worm) pests, such as gypsy moth and spruce budworm. Certis USA will continue to manufacture both Teknar and Thuricide for Valent BioSciences.

Certis USA President and CEO Dennis Banasiak said, “We are committed to be the lead supplier of Integrated Pest Management products to specialty high-value crop markets. This re-alignment of our business, which included last year’s purchase of the Ecogen, Inc. agricultural Bt-product portfolio, along with our divestiture of Teknar today, allows us to concentrate on serving our key markets while also allowing us to maintain our capacity in our manufacturing facilities. Certis USA is actively looking to expand its specialty agricultural IPM portfolio.”

Certis USA also announces the reorganization of its sales management team naming Dave McManama, Eastern Regional Sales Manager, and Bret Menagh, Western Regional Sales Manager. McManama, previously a Senior Sales Manager for Certis USA, has been with the company for six years. McManama is based in Indianapolis, IN. Menagh, in Fresno, CA, is promoted from his Sales Manager position, which he has held with Certis USA since 1999. USA NAFTA Sales Vice President Tim Damico said, “Our new sales organization is ideal, because it allows us to concentrate on and better serve the specialty agricultural markets.”

Mitsui & Co., Japan’s largest trading company, markets and distributes crop protection products and services directly and through its Certis marketing subsidiaries in Europe, Japan, Africa and the U.S. Global crop protection sales exceed $500 million annually.

Headquartered in Columbia, MD, Certis USA manufactures environmentally friendly crop protection products for vegetable, tree fruit, nut, grape, citrus and mushroom crops grown both conventionally and organically. Certis USA product brands include: Javelin®, Agree®, Deliver®, Crymax®, Lepinox®, Condor®, Raven® and Cutlass® bioinsecticides; Azatin® and Neemix® botanical insect growth regulators; Trilogy® botanical fungicide/miticide; SoilGard® microbial fungicide; BioVector® insecticidal nematode, and Gemstar® and Spod-X® insecticidal virus products.

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