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On May 31, 2016, the American Antitrust Institute (“AAI”), Food & Water Watch (“FWW”) and National Farmers Union (“NFU”) sent a letter to the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Renata Hesse, urging the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to challenge the proposed Dow/DuPont merger.

The letter details the groups’ analysis of the proposed merger, which would create the largest biotechnology and seed firm in the United States. According to the AAI, FWW, and NFU, this transaction would further consolidate an already highly concentrated biotechnology industry and would likely curtail innovation, raise prices, and reduce cultivation choices for farmers, consumers and the food system.

The groups urge the DOJ to critically review the implications of the deal. Their letter outlines three major areas of concern, including eliminating head-to-head competition in the corn and soybean markets, reducing vital innovation competition, and creating a large, integrated “platform” of traits, seeds, and chemicals that would make it harder for smaller biotechnology rivals to compete.

On November 10, 2014, the American Antitrust Institute (“AAI”) announced that Diana Moss will succeed founder Albert Foer as President and CEO of the leading competition advocacy group, effective January 2015.

“I speak for the entire AAI Board of Directors in enthusiastically welcoming Diana as our new President and CEO as of this coming January. She is ideally positioned to build on Bert’s powerful 17-year legacy and to take the AAI in new directions over the years ahead,” said Robert Skitol, Chairman of the AAI Board of Directors.

Dr. Moss was selected from a pool of prestigious candidates after a national search.  “I am honored, and grateful to the AAI Board for the opportunity to lead this really exceptional organization,” said Moss. “We’re moving into the next AAI “generation” with a talented staff and valuable, respected advisors that have helped us promote a unique and successful advocacy, research, and education agenda,” she added.