Origin Agritech Receives GMO Safety Certificate for its Triple Stack Maize

Commercial Rollout to Begin Shortly

BEIJINGMay 9, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Origin Agritech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SEED) (the “Company” or “Origin”), a leading Chinese agricultural technology company, today announced the issuance of a GMO safety certificate for its transgenic maize, BBL2-2, marking a significant milestone for the Company and the agricultural sector, heralding a new era in crop innovation.

The newly certified BBL2-2 maize contains two insect-resistant genes, Cry1Ab and Cry3Bb, and one herbicide-tolerance gene, Cp4-epsps. This genetic composition makes the maize resistant to various lepidopteran pests such as corn borer, cotton bollworm, and armyworm. BBL2-2 is a product with substantial commercial value and extensive application potential.

The certification of BBL2-2 confirms its adherence to stringent safety standards and paves the way for its commercial launch. The introduction of BBL2-2 is expected to significantly enhance agricultural productivity and sustainability, providing a powerful tool for farmers to manage pests more effectively and reduce the environmental impact of agriculture.

Dr. Gengchen Han, Chairman and CEO of Origin Agritech, commented, “Receiving this GMO safety certificate is a transformative moment for Origin Agritech and agricultural biotechnology in China. BBL2-2 exemplifies our capabilities in genetic innovation and sets a new standard in sustainable agriculture. We are eager to lead the commercialization of this technology, which promises significant improvements in crop resilience and yield.”

In addition to its work on BBL2-2, Origin Agritech continues to advance its agricultural technology portfolio with significant progress in gene editing. Recently, the Company developed a high-yield corn inbred line through precise gene editing techniques, which has shown a yield increase of more than 50% over traditional corn in extensive multilocational field trials. The gene-edited event is now in the process of agricultural biosafety assessment. This development is expected to greatly enhance the productivity and cost-effectiveness of corn production, reinforcing Origin’s commitment to sustainable and efficient agriculture.

About Origin Agritech Limited

Origin Agritech Limited, founded in 1997 and headquartered in Zhong-Guan-Cun (ZGC) Life Science Park in Beijing, is a leading Chinese agricultural technology company. In 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. For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.originagritech.com. The Company also maintains a Twitter account for updating investors on Company and industry developments which is https://x.com/origin_agritech.

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For more information, please contact:

Origin Agritech Limited Contact:
Kate Lang (Mandarin/English)
Director of Investor Relations
Phone: +86 186-1839-3368
Email: bing.lang@originseed.com.cn

Investor Relations Contact:
Matthew Abenante, IRC
Strategic Investor Relations, LLC
Tel: 347-947-2093
Email: matthew@strategic-ir.com

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