Daniel R Kittle, vice president of research and development at Dow AgroSciences, said the company would "continue to invest in the strong agricultural chemicals business. We are building partnerships with some of the world's best research teams to discover creative new solutions in crop protection." Manni Kantipudi, chief executive officer, GVK Biosciences, said the collaboration had validated GVK Biosciences' expertise in agro-chemical research. The Indian firm provides contract research services to a rapidly growing base of global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to help them address their drug development challenges. The firm has also tied up with Bayer CropScience Ltd in November 2009, to conduct research in the area of early discovery chemistry. The objective was to speed up the search for promising active ingredients for innovative crop protection products. "Under the agreement, Bayer CropScience has integrated GVK Bio's capacities in the early part of its discovery chemistry process," said an official, who did not want to be identified.