DuPont Wins Bioeconomy Leadership Award

DuPont Wins Bioeconomy Leadership Award

Inaugural award honors pioneering work in advancing renewable fuels and

WILMINGTON, Del., May 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - The Symposium on
Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC), today awarded DuPont with its
2013 Bioeconomy Leadership Award. 2013 marks the first year of this award,
aimed at honoring an organization for demonstrated and sustained leadership
excellence in advancing the development of the biobased economy. DuPont was
recognized for its pioneering work in two strategic areas: renewably sourced
materials and fuels.

The award will be presented at the annual SBFC conference, which brings
together industrial, academic and government experts to discuss the latest
progress and breakthroughs in the research, development and deployment of
biobased fuels and materials.

"DuPont is committed to the biobased economy. Our approach to realizing that
vision is through integrated science. We merge industrial biotechnology with
traditional skills in chemistry, materials sciences, agronomy and engineering
to accelerate commercial development and deployment of products made in an
entirely new, renewable way," said Mike Arbige, Research and Development
leader for DuPont Industrial Biosciences, who will accept the award on behalf
of DuPont. "It is an honor to be the first recipient of this award. We will
continue to innovate and drive commercial deployment of renewable materials
and fuels in order to meet the needs of our growing population."

In the field of renewably sourced materials, the SBFC recognized DuPont's
first commercial shipments of Bio-PDO™ from its Loudon, Tenn., plant – the
first facility to produce the versatile, renewable biobased product. Bio-PDO™
is used in cosmetics, apparel and industrial applications such as deicing
fluid. Bio-PDO™ also was noted for its advancement of high-performance fibers
such as DuPont™ Sorona®, which is stain resistant and highly durable. In
addition, DuPont's continued advancements in biobased isoprene development
based on microbial fermentation of renewable sugars also drew attention from

In the field of renewable biofuels, the SBFC recognized DuPont for its rapid
development of cellulosic ethanol and biobutanol technologies. DuPont has been
operating a demonstration cellulosic ethanol facility in Vonore, Tenn., since
2009; and last November, DuPont broke ground on its commercial scale 30
million gallons per year cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa. The
facility will be among the first and largest cellulosic biorefineries in the
world upon completion in 2014. As well, DuPont was recognized for engineering
a yeast strain that produces isobutanol from sugars, eliminating energy
intensive purification steps; and for establishing a new protocol to provide a
sustainable source of biomass. This work is driving innovation across the
supply chain, including new harvesting equipment and residue management
practices that yield benefits for farmers.

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


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         Wendy Rosen
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