25 October 1999
AstraZeneca agrochem on offer

TOM McKILLOP, chief executive of AstraZeneca, is prepared to sell the companys agrochemicals arm if the price is right, according to a report in The Times.

The arm is well-managed with a successful fungicide in Amistar, but there is no longer the “life sciences” belief that human medicine and crop science are underpinned by the same genetic technology.

Novartis, American Home Products and Monsanto are also considering selling their agrochemical businesses.