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BASF takes research shareholding

Group becomes shareholder of Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, helping research topics like food health, safety and future farming

BASF takes research shareholding

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BASF Vegetable Seeds has signed an agreement to become a shareholder of Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, a deal that will come into force on 1 January 2020.

The Brightlands campus is at the heart of the North-West European agrifood scene, focusing its research on healthy and safe food, future farming and bio-circular economy.

BASF will be one of three shareholders, joining Maastricht University and the province of Limburg.

“It is our ambition to make healthy food enjoyable by offering vegetable solutions that are in line with consumers’ needs,” said Vicente Navarro, senior vice-president of BASF Vegetable Seeds. “We can achieve this best by exchanging knowledge and collaborating with partners in the supply chain and beyond. Therefore, this public-private partnership is a great fit.

"The campus with its focus on nutrition, health, and new sustainable cultivation techniques, and the presence of other companies and knowledge institutions on the campus offer unique opportunities for advancing partnerships and technologies," he added.

Saskia Goetgeluk, director of Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, expressed delight at BASF joining as shareholder: “It is an important milestone for us as a campus as it enables us to further consolidate the combined innovative strengths of the business community, government, and knowledge institutions. We have a lot to offer to each other and I look forward to working together.”

The Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo connects entrepreneurs from around 65 companies, scientists and students from knowledge institutes such as Maastricht University, Fontys Universities of Applied Sciences, and HAS University of Applied Sciences.

It is part of Brightlands, an open innovation community consisting of four campuses that work on major challenges of sustainability and health.

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