DuPont Receives 'Patents for Humanity' Award for Groundbreaking Research to Improve Nutritional Profile of Staple Crop

DuPont Receives 'Patents for Humanity' Award for Groundbreaking Research to
Improve Nutritional Profile of Staple Crop

United States Patent and Trademark Office Recognizes Humanitarian Achievements
of the Africa Biofortified Sorghum Initiative

JOHNSTON, Iowa, April 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - DuPont has been
honored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an agency of
the Department of Commerce, for its research efforts to improve nutrition,
production and availability of sorghum, a staple crop in Africa. The USPTO
Patents for Humanity is an awards competition to recognize patented
technologies that address humanitarian needs.

"This award recognizes the importance of collaboration across the public and
private sectors to bring real solutions to the people and places that need it
most," said Paul E. Schickler, president, DuPont Pioneer. "Science must be at
the heart of solutions to feeding a growing population."

In Africa, each year up to half a million children become blind from vitamin A
deficiencies and nearly 600,000 women die from childbirth-related causes, many
from complications that could be reduced through better provision of vitamin
A, iron or zinc. Nearly 300 million people in Africa depend on sorghum as a
staple crop, but do not have access to another staple that provides the
essential nutrients that sorghum lacks.

"I congratulate DuPont for their efforts to improve the nutritional quality of
sorghum," said U.S. Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture,
Nutrition, and Forestry Debbie Stabenow (Michigan). "This is a sterling
example of how American innovation and modern agricultural technologies help
feed a growing world population."

DuPont established collaborations with a number of organizations, including
Africa Harvest Foundation International, the primary coordinating organization
for the Africa Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) initiative, to increase the amount
and stability of pro-vitamin A, iron and zinc, and improve protein
digestibility of sorghum. In the next several years, the ABS initiative is
expected to benefit millions of Africans that rely upon sorghum, which
traditionally is deficient in key nutrients.

DuPont scientist and lead researcher for the initiative, Marc Albertsen, was
presented with the 'Patents for Humanity' award at a ceremony held last week
in Washington, D.C. The program advances U.S. President Barack Obama's global
development agenda by rewarding companies who bring life-saving technologies
to underserved people of the world, while showing how patents are an integral
part of tackling the world's challenges. DuPont donated the original
technology and has contributed technical and capacity building support to this
humanitarian effort.

"From Norman Borlaug to today, Iowan innovations in science and agriculture
continue to help feed the world," added U.S. Congressman Tom Latham (Iowa). "I
commend DuPont Pioneer on this tremendous breakthrough that will go to great
lengths to improving food security in Africa."

"Patents and intellectual property rights are fundamental because they
encourage continued science-based innovation and allow for investment in
future research," said Schickler.

DuPont Pioneer is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant
genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries.
Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer
productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural
systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success™.

DuPont (NYSE:DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the
global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services
since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers,
governments, NGOs, and thought leaders, we can help find solutions to such
global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere,
decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the
environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to
inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.

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4/15/13

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