Illumina Announces Recipients of Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Grants

  Illumina Announces Recipients of Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Grants

      Expanded Program Focuses on Improving Food Security and Furthering
                         Agricultural Sustainability

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SAN DIEGO -- January 15, 2013

Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) today announced two new grant recipients of its
Agricultural Greater Good Initiative at the 21^st International Plant and
Animal Genome Conference. The recipients, International Crops Research
Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and Biosciences Eastern and
Central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute Hub (BecA-ILRI
Hub), are pioneering applications of Illumina technologies to increase crop
yields and reduce poverty and hunger.

ICRISAT will use the grant to expand its efforts to improve the productivity
of pigeonpea, a staple crop used for food, feed and fuel production in Africa
and India. BecA-ILRI Hub will use the grant to expand its study of genetic
resistance to cassava brown streak disease and cassava mosaic disease, both of
which have infected large percentages of crops across East Africa where
cassava is a major source of nutrition.

“There is nothing more foundationally important to health than food, and
Illumina is excited to be involved with organizations working at the forefront
of food security,” said Jay Flatley, President and CEO of Illumina.
“Collaboration will enable the power of genomics to impact more people and on
a global scale.”

“We are very excited to be a part of Illumina’s Agricultural Greater Good
Initiative,” said ICRISAT Director General William Dar. “This grant will
supplement our USAID-sponsored efforts on pigeonpea improvement through
molecular breeding. We are working in collaboration with our national partners
such as the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and State
Agricultural Universities, as well as with our African partner institutes, to
help ensure food security and income generation in developing countries.”

“Collaborations like these between Illumina and the BecA-ILRI Hub are very
welcome as they are key contributors towards strengthening agricultural
research and capacity development in Africa,” said Dr. Appolinaire Djikeng,
interim Director of the BecA-ILRI Hub. “If we are to bring Africa out from the
shadow of poverty and food insecurity, then African scientists must have the
tools to conduct research at the same level as other scientists around the

In 2012, Illumina broadened the scope of the Agricultural Greater Good
Initiative through engagement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Dow
AgroSciences, as well as with the Feed the Future Initiative of the United
States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“We’re excited about the opportunity to connect advances in sequencing
technologies with the needs of millions of families farming small plots of
land in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia,” said Katherine Kahn, Senior
Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Increasing the
productivity and resilience of staple crops including cassava and legumes is
key to helping small farmers lift themselves out of poverty.”

“Through science, Dow AgroSciences is working to serve the needs of the
growing world,” said Gordon Slack, Dow AgroSciences Global Leader, Finance and
Public Affairs. “The need for novel solutions to address food insecurity in
Africa and other locations is of paramount importance to Dow AgroSciences
employees and the agriculture industry as a whole. We are honored to play a
part in this vital work.”

Illumina’s Agricultural Greater Good Initiative, launched in 2011, helps to
spur critically needed research that will increase the sustainability,
productivity and nutritional density of agriculturally important crop and
livestock species. Grant recipients receive donations of Illumina reagents to
support their projects.

For more information about the Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Initiative,
please visit:

About Illumina

Illumina ( is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer
of life science tools and integrated systems for the analysis of genetic
variation and function. We provide innovative sequencing and array-based
solutions for genotyping, copy number variation analysis, methylation studies,
gene expression profiling, and low-multiplex analysis of DNA, RNA, and
protein. We also provide tools and services that are fueling advances in
consumer genomics and diagnostics. Our technology and products accelerate
genetic analysis research and its application, paving the way for molecular
medicine and ultimately transforming healthcare.


The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics (ICRISAT)
is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural
research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of
partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land
in 55 countries, the semi-arid tropics have over 2 billion people, and 644
million of these are the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help
empower these poor people to overcome poverty, hunger and a degraded
environment through better agriculture. ICRISAT is headquartered in Patancheru
near Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, with two regional hubs and five country
offices in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. CGIAR
is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its
science is carried out by the 15 research centers who are members of the CGIAR
Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. For more
information, please visit ICRISAT ( and CGIAR (

About the BecA-ILRI Hub

The Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research
Institute (BecA‐ILRI) Hub is a world-class agricultural research and
biosciences facility located at and managed by ILRI in Nairobi, Kenya. It
provides support to African and international scientists conducting research
on African agricultural challenges and acts as a focal point for learning,
interaction and strategic research – enabling collaborations in the scientific
community to benefit African farmers and markets within the region. The Hub
was established as part of an African Union/New Partnership for Africa’s
Development (NEPAD) African Biosciences Initiative, which employs modern
biotechnology to improve agriculture, livelihoods and food security in eastern
and central Africa. For more information, please visit and

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