Dow AgroSciences, the Victorian Department of Primary Industries Develop Unique Technology Platform for the Improvement of

  Dow AgroSciences, the Victorian Department of Primary Industries Develop
  Unique Technology Platform for the Improvement of Canola and Wheat Varieties

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INDIANAPOLIS & MELBOURNE, Australia -- April 8, 2013

Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:
DOW), the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) of the State of Victoria, and
Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGMO), announced today the achievement of a
unique state-of-the-art platform for the improvement of canola and wheat
varieties.

Researchers from Dow AgroSciences, DPI’s Biosciences Research Division, and
Sangamo BioSciences have completed the development of the EXZACT^™ Precision
Technology platform for both canola and wheat. Through this collaborative
effort, EXZACT^™, which Dow AgroSciences has developed under an exclusive
license for the use in plants through an agreement with Sangamo BioSciences,
has integrated new delivery and analytical technologies into a platform for
the efficient and precise development of traits in crops.

“This opens the doors to rapidly improving desired traits by the direct
enhancement of the genetics of current commercial varieties and then the
breeding of these important crops to make improved varieties,” said Daniel R.
Kittle, Ph.D., Vice President, Research and Development of Dow AgroSciences.
“The EXZACT^™ Precision Technology platform may also facilitate the
development of new varieties by the introduction and/or removal of genetic
information at very precise and pre-chosen locations in the plant genome for
specific trait development. The quality and speed of the development of the
EXZACT^™ platforms for canola and wheat was only possible because of the
dedication and creativity enabled by the close working relationship between
our organizations, and we look forward to these efforts being deployed toward
the common goal of developing new and improved solutions for these crops.”

The EXZACT^™ platform that has been developed will allow crop scientists and
plant breeders to make precise improvements to the genetics of canola and
wheat that will benefit growers around the world.

“Dow AgroSciences is a global leader in agricultural biotechnology and its
commitment to research and development of technology solutions for agriculture
makes it an ideal collaboration partner for our DPI scientists,” said
Professor German Spangenberg, Executive Director of Biosciences Research in
DPI. “The development of this unique technology platform for precision trait
improvement in canola and wheat represents a wonderful outcome of these
collaborative efforts and combined innovation capacity. Its deployment will
lead to enhanced genetics in these major crops of great importance for
Australian grain growers.”

Financial details of this transaction were not disclosed.

About DPI & AVS
The Department of Primary Industries is responsible for agriculture,
fisheries, earth resources and energy in Victoria. Under the agreement, Dow
AgroSciences works with the Department of Primary Industries of the State of
Victoria (DPI) through its commercial arm, Agriculture Victoria Services Pty
Ltd.

About Dow AgroSciences
Dow AgroSciences, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, develops leading-edge
crop protection and plant biotechnology solutions to meet the challenges of
the growing world. Dow AgroSciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow
Chemical Company and had annual global sales of $6.4 billion in 2012. Learn
more at www.dowagro.com. Follow Dow AgroSciences on Facebookand YouTubeor
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“EXZACT” is a trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated
company of Dow.

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Contact:

Dow AgroSciences
Robyn Heine, 317-337-4807
rheine@dow.com
or
Department of Primary Industries Victoria
Paul Sellars, +61 3 9658 4078
paul.sellars@dpi.vic.gov.au
 
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