DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Origin Agritech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SEED) ("the Company" or "Origin") an agricultural biotechnology trait and corn seed provider, today announced that Ms. ZHOU Xin, an executive with more than 20 years' experience in finance and accounting, strategic financial planning and budgeting, product licensing and fiscal reporting, project funding and investor relations, has been promoted and named Origin's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on October 2, 2017. Ms. ZHOU has most recently spent seven years with Monsanto China and will be based in Beijing. Ms. ZHOU will work closely with the management team and board of directors to realize the growth initiatives established for the Company. The rapidly modernizing US$5-6 billion seed and biotech opportunity in China requires that greater emphasis and resources be placed on building a strong China based team closer to key strategic partners and the market.
Shashank Aurora who served the company as CFO since May of 2016, has resigned to pursue new opportunities. Mr. Aurora is expected to remain with Origin as a financial and strategic consultant during a transition period. Origin thanks Mr. Aurora for his significant contributions in upgrading the Origin business operating and budgeting processes, financial reporting and the structural changes made to the novel technology business model.
Today's leadership announcement is part of Origin's continued evolution and effort to focus its activities and growth on the new technology and germplasm licensing model to be first launched in China and expanded more broadly in the coming years. Origin occupies a leading position today in the China commercial corn seed market, advanced corn breeding industry and biotechnology trait development domain through proprietary investments and strategic collaborations and partnerships over the past 20 years.
About Origin Agritech Ltd.
Origin Agritech Limited, founded in 1997 and headquartered in Zhong-Guan-Cun (ZGC) Life Science Park in Beijing, is China's leading agricultural biotechnology company, specializing in crop seed breeding and genetic improvement, seed production, processing, distribution, and related technical services. Leading the development of crop seed biotechnologies, Origin Agritech's phytase corn was the first transgenic corn to receive the Bio-Safety Certificate from China's Ministry of Agriculture. Over the years, Origin has established a robust biotechnology seed pipeline including products with glyphosate tolerance and pest resistance (Bt) traits. Origin operates production centers, processing centers and breeding stations nationwide with sales centers located in key crop-planting regions. Product lines are vertically integrated for corn, rice and canola seeds. For further information, please visit the Company's website at: http://www.originseed.com.cn or http://www.originseed.com.cn/en/.
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