REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

 for Soybean (Glycine max) variety RCAT 9905

 Available for Licensing from
 The University of Guelph and The Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario

I. DESCRIPTION

Common name: Soybean
Scientific name: Glycine max
Experimental designation: RCAT 9905
Variety name: (to be determined)
Breeder: Dr. Gary Ablett

RCAT 9905 is a 3150 Heat Unit variety developed by Ridgetown College. RCAT 9905 is an indeterminate variety with excellent yield potential and lodging resistance. This black hilum variety has average seed size and average seed protein and seed oil levels.

RCAT 9905 was first entered into the Ontario Soybean Variety Trials in 1999 and was supported for registration by the Ontario Oil & Protein Seed Crop Committee in January 2000. This variety is not yet registered with Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
 

II. TERRITORY AVAILABLE
The following regions and Territories are available for license: World

Proposals for licensing for all or any portion of the Territory will be considered.


III. CLOSING DATE

The closing date for proposals is Tuesday March 20, 2001.

Seed samples can be viewed by contacting Bryan Stirling, RCAT, Ridgetown. Phone: (519) 674-1606.

A portfolio containing a detailed description and copies of performance data is available from:

  Dr. S.R. Bowley
  Coordinator, Plant Germplasm Intellectual Property
  Business Development Office, University of Guelph
  Guelph, Ontario
  N1G 2W1

  Phone: (519) 824-4120 Ext. 8704
  Fax: (519) 822-0130
  Email: sbowley@uoguelph.ca

IV. GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS
 3.1 Proponents are solely responsible for any and all costs incurred in the preparation of the proposal including without limitation any applicable financing costs.

 3.2 Proponents must be willing to keep their proposals valid and open for acceptance or for further negotiation for 45 days following the closing date.

 3.3 Proposals will be evaluated solely on their content and the University of Guelph and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario reserve the right to not select any proposal.

 3.4 The University of Guelph and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario reserve the right to negotiate any aspect of any proposal.

 3.5 The successful Proponent must undertake to enter into an agreement acceptable to the University of Guelph and the Agricultural
Research Institute of Ontario within 15 days from the date the Proponent is notified. Otherwise the University of Guelph and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario may proceed with a further selection from which the proposal will be excluded.

 3.6 The proposal must have the following descriptions where applicable:

    i)  in the case of a corporation: (exact name), a body corporate, incorporated under the laws of, having its registered office at in the the province of and having its chief place of business at in the province of; or
    ii) in the case of a registered limited partnership: the general partnerís name and address.
 3.7 The proposal must be executed as follows:
     i) All signatures must be originals;
    ii) All signatures must have the personís name and title typed or printed below.
 3.8 Proposals must be received at the address by no later than 16:00 hours local time on the closing date. If the proposal is sent by facsimile or e-mail, a hard copy original format must be received by 16:00 hours local time two business days after the closing date to be considered. Send proposals to:
   Sharon Gerrie
   Innovation and Risk Management Branch
   Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
   4th Floor NW
   1 Stone Road W.
   Guelph, Ontario
   N1G 4Y2

   fax: 519-826-4211
   email: sharon.gerrie@omafra.gov.on.ca


 3.9 All proposals will be treated as confidential business information.


V. ASSESSMENT OF PROPOSALS

The following categories and points will be considered in assessing submitted proposals:

 4.1 The Proponent  (Point rating = 25%)

Company history, structure, financial statement, and any other information and data that shows the financial vigour and resources of the Proponent. Included in this assessment will be the Proponentís experience in commercialization of similar varieties and the Proponentís record of research collaboration and/or support involving the University of Guelph.
 4.2 Marketing Experience  (Point rating = 25%)
The Proponentís capability of multiplication, distribution and protection of Intellectual Property Rights of varieties in the Territory. Preference will be given to Proponents carrying out seed multiplication in Canada.
 4.3 Marketing Strategy  (Point rating = 30%)
The strategy to promote and market the variety in the Territory with a view of maximizing sales and geographic distribution. The Proponent must illustrate the strategy by providing the projected sales area, market promotion plans, and estimated calender sales for a ten (10) year period.
 4.4 Financial Offer  (Point rating = 20%)
  Proposals will be assessed based on all financial components including, but not limited to:
   i) execution or initial payment;
   ii) royalty on a flat rate, stepped or bonus basis calculated against sale of pedigreed seed, on a per tonne basis, or otherwise;
   iii) amount of any guaranteed payments;
   iv) amount of any minimum payments;
   v) reimbursement for any research and development;
   vi) amount of any staggered payments;
   vii) any other amounts or structures that would provide an income stream.
VI. CONDITIONS OF LICENSE
 5.1 The University of Guelph and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario will grant the successful Proponent the sole seed increase, distribution, and commercialization rights within the Territory.

 5.2 Rights to the license shall be for a period of five (5) years beginning , renewable at the end of that period by mutual consent.

 5.3 The University of Guelph and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario will maintain ownership of the variety and all intellectual property rights related to the variety are vested in and will continue to be vested in The University of Guelph and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario.

 5.4 The University of Guelph and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario will reserve the right to name the variety in consultation with the successful Proponent and to use the variety in breeding, research, extension, and technology transfer programs.

 5.5 The successful Proponent with allow The University of Guelph and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario to records concerning its business with The University of Guelph and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario. Upon reasonable demand, the successful Proponent shall permit The University of Guelph and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, or any person designated by The University of Guelph and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, to examine, audit, and copy invoices, accounts, receipts or other records or materials relating to its business with The University of Guelph and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario. This provision shall survive for a period of five (5) years after the expiration or termination of any license agreement.

 5.6 The University of Guelph and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario will retain the right to review the handling of the variety at any time, and if the successful Proponent cannot or will not make an effort to meet the market demand, the License may be revoked and the variety may be released to another company in order to meet the demand.

 5.7 All costs associated with application and maintenance of Intellectual Property Rights in the Territory, and infringement by Third Parties will be borne by the successful Proponent.

5.8 All costs associated with propagation for commercial sale, marketing, and testing in the Territory will be borne by the successful Proponent.