Origin Agritech Limited Compiles Strategic Advisory Committee of Most Prominent Agro-Scientists in China

Beijing, China – November 19, 2009 – Origin Agritech Limited (NASDAQ:: SEED) (“Origin”) announced today that it has compiled a strategic advisory committee (SAC) of the most prominent and influential agricultural scientists in China. The SAC will provide external advice to Origin Agritech on strategic choices, scientific vision, and matters related to optimizing the scientific discovery potential of Origin Agritech in China. The SAC is comprised of eminent scientists, most with extensive scientific discovery and scientific policy expertise.

The Origin Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) is comprised of experts in agricultural research and biotechnology. The SAC acts as a bridge between the Origin, the scientific discovery community, and the scientific policy making community. The SAC also provides Origin with internationally renowned expertise in agricultural biotechnology.

The SAC is a key group involved in establishing the strategic direction and vision for Origin Agritech, particularly in the promotion of a broad spectrum of research of genetically-modified products. Members of the SAC have substantial research track records within their area of expertise. Dr. Gengchen Han, the Chairman of Origin Agritech and Professor Fan will Co-Chair the Committee.

The committee will be composed of prominent members including:

Professor Yunliu FAN
Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Professor and former Director of the Biotechnology Research Institute, China Academy of Agricultural sciences.
Professor Jingrui DAI
Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Professor of China Agricultural University.
Dr. Yongbiao XUE
Director of the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Secretary General of Genetics Society of China .
Dr. Jianmin WAN
Director of the Institute of Crop Science of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
Professor Zhongping LIN
Department of Biotechnology, College of Life Sciences, Peking University.
Professor Weicheng CHEN
Origin Chief breeder, former executive director of Genetics Society of China.

Dr. Gengchen Han, Origin’s Chairman, commented, “We believe this group will provide the clear vision to develop Origin Agritech for the long term. We are not only honored to have these distinguished guests participate in strategic direction of our company, but excited about the limitless potential when these prominent individuals put their minds together.”


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