moa Opens New R&D Facility

STC glasshouse and field herbicide testing facility

MoA Technology has opened a second research facility based at the Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC) situated at Cawood between Leeds and York (UK).  The pipeline of promising lead candidates flowing from MoA Tech’s high throughput invivo screening platforms at its Oxford headquarters will be tested instate-of-the-art glasshouses and on into field trials on this 75 hectare site on prime arable land.

STC has been at the heart of agricultural and horticultural research for more than seventy years and is well connected with the UK’s other leading research organisations through CHAP, the Agri-Tech Centre for Health and Crop Protection.

The MoA Tech team at STC will confirm new herbicide active ingredient lead molecules, developing profiles of crop selectivity and weed control spectrum.  The focus will be onpreviously unexplored chemistry and resistance-breaking new modes of action.

MoA Tech’s CEO Dr Virginia Corless commented: ‘We are proud to be opening this new facility on an important site with a long track record of successfully contributing to sustainable food production.’

Chief Technology Officer at MoA Tech, Dr Shuji Hachisu, added: ‘This significant increase in our screening power will boost the progress of exciting new herbicide candidate molecules through to development and commercialisation.’