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DuPont's Ellen Kullman Receives 2014 George Washington Carver Award

May 16, 2014

WP_20140513_008 The Iowa BioTechnology Association (IowaBio) congratulates Ellen Kullman, DuPont Chief Executive Officer & Board Chair, who was named the 2014 recipient of the George Washington Carver Award. Presented annually by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the George Washington Carver Award recognizes innovation and excellence within the industrial biotechnology sector. IowaBio invited Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham to present the honor to Kullman during the BIO World Congress conference in Philadelphia. As some may know, the BIO Conference is the world’s largest industrial technology event and brings together biotechnology business leaders, investors and policymakers from all across the globe. Kullman, the first woman to receive the honor since its creation in 2008, is being honored for her efforts to drive commercialization of industrial biotech processes and renewable, sustainable biobased products. Widely regarded for her work to diversify the company’s portfolio, Kullman transformed DuPont into an integrated science company with broad biotech capacity. Kullman was chosen for her leadership in focusing DuPont’s formidable research and development capabilities on using biotechnology to address global challenges. Group_GeorgeWashAward2014 L to R: Joe Hrdlicka (IowaBio) Ellen Kullman (DuPont Pioneer) and Debi Durham (IEDA) As we celebrate a fantastic two decades as an organization, Director Durham’s presentation to Kullman paints an eloquent illustration of the IowaBio mission. Thanks to the committed and continued efforts from these leaders, Iowa’s bioscience companies are continuing to thrive and enhance our critical contribution to meeting global demands in food and energy. Sustained investment in research and development by Iowa companies creates new high-skill jobs that attract and retain world-class innovators. In July 2013, DuPont opened its Innovation Center in Johnston, allowing scientists and engineers to collaborate on creative and local solutions to meet global challenges like food insecurity and the demand for clean energy. Already 225 research projects are underway. This year DuPont will also open a commercial cellulosic ethanol production facility in Nevada, Iowa that uses corn stover – the crop waste from a corn harvest – to produce ethanol. The plant will employ up to 70 permanent staff, produce 30 million gallons of renewable transportation fuel made from corn stover supplied by 500 local farmers and make Iowa home to one of the first and largest advanced biorefineries in the world. Again, IowaBio congratulates Kullman for her commitment to advancing a biobased economy and applauds the State of Iowa for creating investment and partnership opportunities that sustain Iowa’s leadership in this competitive industry. -Joe Hrdlicka, Executive Director, IowaBio

 

 

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