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DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman to Receive the 2014 BIO George Washington Carver Award

March 19, 2014

Ellen Kullman, Chair of the Board & Chief Executive Officer for DuPont, Honored for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology

In a recent press release, BIO Announced DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman to Receive the 2014 BIO George Washington Carver Award at their annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. Kullman will be the first woman to receive the honor, which has been awarded annually since 2008.
“Ellen is always looking for opportunities to apply today’s breaking science to major global challenges where biotechnology can deliver new gains,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “BIO is pleased to honor Ellen for her efforts to drive commercialization of industrial biotech processes and renewable, sustainable biobased products. We look forward to future advances in this field from DuPont under her leadership.”

A special selection committee chose Kullman for her drive to grow DuPont’s industrial biotechnology business. Kullman has been leading change at DuPont for the last five years, driving advances in the company’s portfolio and operational capabilities. DuPont’s diverse portfolio has been carefully formed by Kullman to address worldwide trends stemming from rapidly growing populations and demand for healthy food, clean energy and greater protection of people and the environment.
“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of all of the people who have worked to make DuPont a leader in industrial biotechnology,” said Kullman. “For more than 200 years DuPont has transformed industries through scientific innovation. That tradition continues today with industrial biotechnology, a 21st century scientific discipline that is helping us improve our customers’ products and make industrial processes more sustainable.”

George Washington Carver is best known for starting the ‘chemurgy’ movement and a pioneer in the creation and commercialization of renewable and sustainable bioproducts.

Ms. Kullman will be presented the award and will deliver a brief keynote address during the Tuesday, May 13th plenary lunch session at BIO’s 11th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, the world’s largest industrial biotech conference. The conference is being held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 12 – 15, 2014.