Syngenta's Mary-Dell Chilton named 2013 World Food Prize laureate
WASHINGTON, June 19, 2013
WASHINGTON, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
today presided over a ceremony at which distinguished Syngenta scientist
Mary-Dell Chilton, Ph.D., was named a laureate of the prestigious 2013 World
Food Prize. The prize is the foremost international award recognizing
individuals who have enhanced human development by improving the quality,
quantity or availability of food in the world.
Dr. Chilton and two other laureates were recognized for "revolutionary
biotechnology discoveries that unlocked the key to plant cell transformation."
Dr. Chilton's groundbreaking molecular research showed how a plant bacterium
could be adapted as a tool to insert genes from another organism into plant
cells, which could produce crop varieties with new innovative traits. As a
direct consequence of this work, in 1996 Ciba-Geigy - now Syngenta - became
the first company to commercialize a GM trait in corn. By 2012, transgenic
crops were being grown on more than 170 million hectares by more than 17
Mike Mack, Syngenta CEO said, "Mary-Dell Chilton exemplifies Syngenta's
corporate purpose - bringing plant potential to life. She is a pioneer of
modern biotechnology, which is a key component of the integrated solutions
that will help farmers meet the rising food, feed and fuel demands of a
fast-growing global population."
Dr. Chilton founded Syngenta's biotech research center at Research Triangle
Park in 1984 and is today a Distinguished Science Fellow of Syngenta
Biotechnology Inc. She will be formally awarded the World Food Prize at the
27th Annual Laureate Award Ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa on October 17.
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