DuPont Receives 'Patents for Humanity' Award for Groundbreaking Research to Improve Nutritional Profile of Staple Crop

Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:03am EDT

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JOHNSTON, Iowa, April 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - DuPont has been honored by the
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an agency of the Department of Commerce, for
its research efforts to improve nutrition, production and availability of sorghum, a staple crop
in Africa. The USPTO Patents for Humanity
 is an awards competition to recognize patented technologies that address humanitarian needs.

"This award recognizes the importance of collaboration across the public and private sectors to
bring real solutions to the people and places that need it most," said Paul E. Schickler
, president, DuPont Pioneer. "Science must be at the heart of solutions to feeding a growing

In Africa, each year up to half a million children become blind from vitamin A deficiencies and
nearly 600,000 women die from childbirth-related causes, many from complications that could be
reduced through better provision of vitamin A, iron or zinc. Nearly 300 million people in Africa
depend on sorghum as a staple crop, but do not have access to another staple that provides the
essential nutrients that sorghum lacks.

"I congratulate DuPont for their efforts to improve the nutritional quality of sorghum," said U.S.
Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Debbie Stabenow
(Michigan). "This is a sterling example of how American innovation and modern agricultural
technologies help feed a growing world population."

DuPont established collaborations with a number of organizations, including Africa Harvest
Foundation International, the primary coordinating organization for the Africa Biofortified
Sorghum (ABS) initiative, to increase the amount and stability of pro-vitamin A, iron and zinc,
and improve protein digestibility of sorghum. In the next several years, the ABS initiative is
expected to benefit millions of Africans that rely upon sorghum, which traditionally is deficient
in key nutrients.

DuPont scientist and lead researcher for the initiative, Marc Albertsen, was presented with the
'Patents for Humanity' award at a ceremony held last week in Washington, D.C. The program advances
U.S. President Barack Obama's global development agenda by rewarding companies who bring
life-saving technologies to underserved people of the world, while showing how patents are an
integral part of tackling the world's challenges. DuPont donated the original technology and has
contributed technical and capacity building support to this humanitarian effort.

"From Norman Borlaug to today, Iowan innovations in science and agriculture continue to help feed
the world," added U.S. Congressman Tom Latham (Iowa). "I commend DuPont Pioneer on this tremendous
breakthrough that will go to great lengths to improving food security in Africa."

"Patents and intellectual property rights are fundamental because they encourage continued
science-based innovation and allow for investment in future research," said Schickler.

DuPont Pioneer is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing
high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and
services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable
agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success.

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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