Mir Joins Valent BioSciences Corporation as Vice President, Global Marketing & Business Management

  Mir Joins Valent BioSciences Corporation as Vice President, Global Marketing
  & Business Management

Business Wire

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. -- November 01, 2012

Valent BioSciences Corporation (VBC) announced that Salman Mir has joined the
company as vice president, global marketing and business management. In his
new role, Mir will assume leadership of the company’s global marketing and
business management activities in the areas of agriculture, public health and
forestry.

Salman Mir (Photo: Business Wire)

Salman Mir (Photo: Business Wire)

VBC is the leader in developing and commercializing biorational products in 95
countries around the world. Biorationals are products typically derived from
biological origins that are highly specific in their activity while providing
economic, health, and/or environmental benefits. These products include
microbial insecticides, fungicides and nematicides, as well as plant growth
regulators used in production agriculture and managing stress in crops.

Mir will report directly to Mike Donaldson, Valent BioSciences president and
chief executive officer. According to Donaldson, “Salman’s addition to the
team comes at a crucial time as we implement our future growth strategies. His
extensive marketing, business management and global experience will have an
immediate impact as we continue to expand our broad biorational product
portfolio to better meet the needs of our customers around the world.”

Prior to this role at VBC, Mir held a number of key positions with major
global crop protection companies. Mir started his career in South Asia, and
then moved to South East Asia before re-locating to the U.S. He served in a
variety of leadership roles throughout his career, including sales, marketing,
operations and business development

“I am excited about the opportunities for VBC as well as the other Sumitomo
Chemical affiliate companies around the world,” Mir said. “With VBC’s position
as the worldwide leader in the development and commercialization of
biorational products, it has a particularly strong value proposition to share
in the marketplace. The results are visible not only in its pipeline, but also
through its new manufacturing facility being constructed in Osage, Iowa. Both
initiatives speak clearly to VBC’s support of current and future products as
well as its commitment to their customers.”

“VBC is committed to further extend that portfolio with unique, third-party
technologies that fit with VBC’s strategy and capabilities,” said Donaldson.
“Mir will serve as an active partner with our Business Development team, which
will be critical to helping us succeed in bringing even more new products to
our customers.”

VBC’s sister company, Valent U.S.A., located in Walnut Creek, CA, serves as
the marketing and sales partner for the VBC biorational products in the U.S.

About Valent BioSciences Corporation

About Valent BioSciences Corporation: Headquartered in Libertyville, IL,
Valent BioSciences is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Chemical Company.
Valent BioSciences is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing
and commercialization of biorational products, with sales in 95 countries
around the world. Valent BioSciences is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company.
For additional information, visit the company’s website at
www.valentbiosciences.com.

About Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited

About Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited: Sumitomo Chemical Company is one of
Japan’s leading chemical companies, offering a diverse range of products
globally in the fields of basic chemicals, petrochemicals, IT-related
chemicals and materials, health and crop science products, and
pharmaceuticals. The company’s consolidated net sales for fiscal 2011 were
JPY1.95 trillion. For additional information, visit the company’s website at
www.sumitomo-chem.co.jp/english/.

About Valent U.S.A. Corporation

Valent, headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., develops and markets products
in the United States and Canada that protect agricultural crops, enhance crop
yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public
health. Valent products include a well-known line of quality herbicide,
insecticide, fungicide and plant growth regulator products for agricultural
and professional use. It differentiates itself from its competitors as a
leader in marketing and sales of both biorational and traditional chemical
products. For additional information, visit the company’s website at
www.valent.com.

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Contact:

Valent BioSciences Corporation
Barbara Wendling, 847-968-4793
barbara.wendling@valentbiosciences.com
 
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