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Syngenta ranks in top 10 biotech firms to work for

For the second consecutive year, Syngenta’s biotechnology division, based in Research Triangle Park, NC, ranked among the world’s top 10 biotech employers, according to an annual survey conducted by Science magazine.

The company finished eighth in this year’s survey. Results will be published in the Oct. 7 issue of the magazine.

“We are extremely honored to be recognized in this poll, especially since we were evaluated by our own employees and industry peers,” said Michiel van Lookeren Campagne, head of biotechnology for Syngenta, in a company news release. “It makes me proud to know that we were not only recognized for our work in biotech research, but also for the type of company and employer that we are.”

The 2011 survey marks the third straight year that Syngenta has ranked as one of the 20 best biotech companies to work for in the world.

In 2009, Syngenta made the list for the first time as No. 20. Last year the company broke into the top 10.

The web-based survey was conducted by an independent research firm commissioned by Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Custom Publishing Office.

Employees in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical and related industries were polled to determine the 20 best employers in these industries. Nearly 4,000 respondents rated companies based on 23 characteristics, including financial strength, easy adaptation to change and a research-driven environment.

Syngenta invests about $1 billion a year in research and development, and employs more than 5,000 scientists worldwide to develop new solutions for farmers.

Syngenta Biotechnology Inc. is a leading innovator and collaborator in plant genetics and serves as global headquarters for plant biotechnology research for Syngenta.

The company employs approximately 400 people at its campus in Research Triangle Park, and 26,000 worldwide.