Inclusive Innovation in Action: New DuPont Innovation Center Launched in Geneva

Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:06am EST

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GENEVA, Jan. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - DuPont today opened its 10th Innovation
, the second center in the Europe Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) region. The Geneva Innovation
Center is housed in the existing site of the European Technical Center (ETC) in Meyrin, just
outside Geneva. It will provide a unique experience and environment for collaboration with
customers, government, academia and business partners in Switzerland and across Europe, as more
than 2,500 customers visit annually the ETC in Geneva.

Customers, academics and research partners, including senior leaders from major international
companies, attended the opening ceremony today along with DuPont leaders Mark P. Vergnano
, executive vice president and Ian Hudson
, president Europe, Middle East & Africa. The Innovation Center is housed within the ETC, which
has been at the forefront of research and technical innovation for more than 20 years, focusing on
application development for various industries, like automotive, cosmetics, industrial and food
packaging, construction and sporting goods. The goal of the new Innovation Center is to leverage
the power of DuPont's global network and give customers access to DuPont's 9,500 scientists and
engineers around the world via interactive on-site and remote video conferencing.

"As a science company, we believe innovation is an inclusive process. Connecting our scientists
and customers in Geneva to our broader scientist network around the world will help accelerate the
innovation rate, redefine existing products and open new market segments," said Vergnano while
residing over the opening of the Geneva Innovation Center. "Science-powered innovation is the
engine that drives DuPont. Together with our partners, we are applying our vast range of
scientific expertise and knowledge to address some of the world's most complex problems in the
areas of food, energy and protection."

The Geneva DuPont Innovation Center is a state-of-the-art space with distinct areas for
collaboration and innovation. The innovation space illustrates the latest company technology
offerings, applications and industry trends. The collaboration space is designed for holding
meetings between company clients and partners around the globe.

"Today more than ever, Geneva is playing a pivotal role in innovation for DuPont," said Simone
Arizzi, Science and Innovation EMEA director. "Since more than 20 years ago, the European
Technical Center has been working on application development based on a collaborative approach.
With the Geneva Innovation Center we are further expanding the innovation capabilities of the
European Technical Center by providing our customers easy access and effective linkages to
DuPont's 9,500 scientists and engineers around the world."

This is the tenth Innovation Center for DuPont and the second for the EMEA region. Other
Innovation Centers have been opened recently in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Brazil,
Mexico, United States and Russia. Another is planned for Turkey in early 2013. To learn more about
DuPont's Innovation Centers visit our website at

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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