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Origin Agritech Announces Resignation of CEO and Suspending of North American Office


DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Origin Agritech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SEED) ("the Company" or "Origin") an agricultural biotechnology trait and corn seed provider, today announced that Mr. William S. Niebur, who served the Company since April of 2016, resigned from his positions of Chief Executive Officer and director as of the end of business on November 30, 2017, to pursue new opportunities. Dr. Niebur will continue to assist the Company as a strategic consultant during a transition period. The Company thanks Dr. Niebur for his significant contributions during his tenure with the Company and will soon announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer.

The Company, while continuing to seek seed trait and germplasm commercial opportunities in the United States, will be suspending its Iowa representative office and will operate its United States activities from its headquarters in Beijing, Peoples Republic of China.

About Origin Agritech Limited

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. 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 breeding stations nationwide located in key crop-planting regions. Product lines are vertically integrated for corn. For further information, please visit the Company's website at: or

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